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Tucson site for Pallet homes

Tucson Building Pallet Shelters to Fix Homeless Problem

The tiny homes are made of pallets, and only take 45 minutes to set up. Tucson is closing in on 2,000 homeless people and the problem is growing. A group called The Homing Project plans to construct a small village of 64- or 100-square-foot shelters that can be easily assembled.

Each of the shelters will have heating, cooling, insulation, one or two beds in single units, windows, a self-contained solar energy system and a secure locking door. Shared facilities in the yet-to-be-constructed shelter village will include dining, laundry and bathrooms; and the community will be gated. If ever a house is not needed, it can be disassembled and flat-packed for storage.

The Phoenix Business Journal reports The Homing Project plans to house 20 people at first, mostly individuals, as a trial to work out any bugs and get data about costs and any other problems, should they arise. There will be on-site assistance from a non-profit agency for the residents.


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Mike covers our Texas and Phoenix/Southwest regions. He is a veteran news reporter who spent 10 years in radio and television news, mostly in Tucson, Arizona. Following his career in the media, he spent ten years as a communications executive for a publicly traded development company. Mike is married with three boys and three Huskies.

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