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Billionaire Sees Shipping Containers as Homeless Solution

April 11th, 2017 Comments off

Homeless encampment residents watch it being destroyed in San Jose, CA. Credit: Bloomberg.

In the San Francisco Bay Area of California, housing, along with most everything else, is very expensive. In many cities in the region, this disparity creates a toxic combination: an affordable housing crunch and rampant homelessness.

A billionaire in the area believes that the solution lies in repurposing shipping containers.

According to HousingWire, Santa Clara based real estate developer John Sobrato recently unveiled a proposal to build 200 micro apartments for both homeless and low-income renters, utilizing shipping containers, turning them into units between 160 and 240 square feet with kitchenettes and bathrooms with showers.

I think it’s time to turn my attention to creating a very cost-effective solution to housing the homeless and very low-income people,” said Sobrato.


John Sabrato. Credit: Forbes.

Instead of sleeping in a pup tent or under an overpass, Santa Clara homeless folks will have a clean, dignified, safe place to call home.”

Sobrato plans to lease a 2.5-acre plot of city-owned land three miles from the San Francisco 49ers football stadium, which the city acquired in 2005 with the intention of creating affordable housing.

Funding for that plan fell through, and in October of last year Sobrato approached the city with his idea.

Per Bloomberg, Sobrato asked for a 57-year lease at the cost of $1 a year. In return, his group, the Sobrato Organization, would build and own the apartments, then lease them back to Santa Clara County, which would hire property management and homeless service providers.


The proposed area for development. Credits: Google, The Petition Site.

The project, called Innovation Place, would be projected to open in 2018, with half of the apartments being rented to the homeless, and the other half being made available to renters earning between 50 and 80 percent of the area’s median income.



While many see Sobrato’s idea as noble, there are those that disagree. An anonymous petition began to circulate shortly after Sobrato presented his plan, and has 852 supporters.

While some may disagree, the numbers show that the need for affordable housing is the state is dire: 17 ballot measures were on the ballot last November dealing with affordable housing.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or other affordable housing options for communities out.

Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance.

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Shipping Containers Given New Life

February 23rd, 2017 Comments off

ShippingConainerJupiterFLStAugstineRecordDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn Palm Beach County, Florida, shipping containers are getting a new lease on life in a very interesting way.

The containers are being turned into what Jupiter real estate agent Rick Clegg is calling an “up cycled eco retreat,” a white, two-story house that looks like a rustic steel cabin.

I call it ‘up cycled’ because we are taking a container and repurposing it by bringing new life to it,” said Clegg.

According to the St. Augustine Record, these structures are gaining a following as part of the “tiny home movement,” where people live in smaller spaces that are typically more affordable than traditional houses.

So much of a following, that Hollywood-based builder The Container House recently built such for an out-of-town client.


Rick Clegg inside of the container home. Credit: St. Augustine Record.

It looks like a regular house. You won’t see the containers. You can’t tell,” said Container House owner Rodrigo Bernstein.

It’s different, something that is not conventional.

The home was constructed from three shipping containers, has two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms and checks in at 1,000 square feet.

Bernstein says that the average cost for these modular container homes runs between $80 and $120 per square foot, in addition to costs for items such as permits and planning. He also noted, that unlike manufactured homes, his homes cannot be built and shipped.

It has to be built locally. I cannot build and ship it. It has to pass all the inspections on-site. It’s the same process as a traditional house,said Bernstein.

Just south in Miami, a company called Little River Box Co. specializes in converting shipping containers into temporary or permanent businesses, like barbershops and bars.

And it seems to be gaining in popularity, as one of the company projects involves using ten containers for a mixed-use development, with offices on the upper floor and restaurants and retail units on the lower floor.

Between the modularity and the shippability [of the containers], the sky is the limit,” said Little River Box Co. co-founder Gayle Zalduondo.

There is a lot versatility and possibilities for creativity and innovation for using containers in the construction industry,” said Ryan Anderson, a Fort Lauderdale business developer who co-founded Wyn-Box with two Miami architects. Their company also offers modular structures for housing and businesses.


A Wyn-Box unit. Credit: Wyn-Box.

When you tell somebody that you want to build a home out of a shipping container, and you’ve never seen one, it can sound unappealing,” said Anderson.

When someone sees a well-done project, they open their minds to the possibility … this is for someone who wants to live in something more unique and creative. This makes a little more of a statement.

The Daily Business News has covered the user of shipping containers as a housing option, as well as the “tiny house movement” recently, including the growth of modular as a solution in Sweden, and the zoning challenges that tiny homes can face. ##


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Nation Looks to Shipping Containers for Migrant Housing

February 15th, 2017 Comments off

A makeshift migrant camp near the Serbian border. Credit: FOX News.

The nation of Hungary is looking to container housing to solve a growing problem at border camps, as migrants wait for their asylum requests to be settled.

According to FOX News, human rights advocates have noted that Hungary was already holding large numbers of asylum-seekers in closed camps and that the massive, indiscriminate detention of all asylum-seekers “has not been seen in decades in democratic Europe.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been outspoken on the issue of immigration, echoing a sentiment similar to that of President Donald Trump.


Prime Minster Viktor Orban. Credit: Deutsche Welle.

Once new rules are in place, any migrants detained anywhere in Hungary without documents allowing them to be in the country will be returned across the border,” said Janos Lazar, Orban’s chief of staff.

The strong words from the Orban Administration have also drawn criticism.


Janos Lanzar. Credit: Morning Ag Clips.

The government would do better instead to improve the quality of the open reception centers and spend this money on the integration of people who have found asylum in Hungary,” said the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in a statement.

The committee has also vowed to sue Hungary at the European Court of Justice in every case where asylum-seekers are illegally kept in custody, which would likely force the country to make compensation payments.

Currently, asylum seekers with claims that are under appeal are housed in mostly open camps, and some leave for other destinations in Western Europe before their appeals are decided.

Any migrants detained within five miles of the border are routinely sent back across the fences Hungary has built on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.

Lazar says that the measures have to be enacted in instances like this, when Hungary has declared a state of emergency due to mass migration.

It is clear that the security situation in Europe has deteriorated, not improved,” said Lazar.

Turkey is presently defending the borders of Europe. We would like to strengthen the Hungarian border.

Lazar also said that the country was ready to build a second, stronger fence if needed, on its southern borders, in addition to building several small bases along the fence for the thousands of border police.

Hungary granted asylum or some form of protection to 425 people in 2016. It received 29,432 applications.


A Svenska Containerhus. For the full article on containers being used for housing in Sweden, click below or on the photo.  Credit: Twitter, Sputniknews.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, other nations have also turned to shipping containers as a potential solution to their housing crises due to an influx of immigrants.

Sweden has looked to Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus to repurpose surplus shipping containers, and in Canada, the city of Vancouver is turning containers into single suites to battle their housing crisis.


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Faced With Housing Shortage, Nation Turns to Unused Containers

January 18th, 2017 Comments off

Shipping containers in Sweden. Credit: Sputniknews.

In Sweden, even with a robust and sturdy “welfare economy,” the nation is still suffering from an intense housing shortage due to its popularity as a destination for migrants.

It’s now looking to shipping containers as an option to ease the crisis.

And with imports from places like China to Europe much greater than exports, there’s a surplus of Chinese containers in the country.

Following a model used in the U.S., the UK and the Netherlands where surplus containers have been successfully converted into homes, the Swedes intend to follow in their footsteps to plug the gaping holes in their housing market.

We looked up on the Internet how homes like this are built in the United States, and were inspired by their recycling ideas to make affordable, small accommodations of our own,” said Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus in Skelleftea.



A Svenska Containerhus. Credit: Twitter, Sputniknews.

According to Sputnik News, with a price tag of slightly above 400,000 Swedish Krona (about $45,000 USD) the container option is more than affordable housing by Swedish standards. However, the customer pays for additional expenditures on land, sewage and electricity.

The container concept has been tried several times in Stockholm and southern Sweden with mixed success, but attracted significant criticism of the building quality, which compelled the city of Helsingborg to scrap plans for 100 container homes.

In spite of this, Eriksson is not deterred.

We build homes adapted for the Nordic climate. Besides, the containers are designed for a serviceable life of 20 years at sea in the wind and salt water. These homes are also easy to move,” said Eriksson.


A furnished container apartment. Credit: Local SE.

According to Swedish housing portal Hur vi bor (“How we live“), nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality that is suffering from a housing shortage. According to previous estimates by the Swedish Housing Board, a total of 710,000 new homes will be needed in Sweden, a nation of roughly 10 million, by 2025.

The lack of housing is most severe among migrants and refugees. According to Aftonbladet, Swedish municipalities currently plan to invest nearly 100 million Swedish Krona ($11.2 million USD) to secure apartments for new arrivals.

Throughout the country, various means of combatting the housing shortage among so-called “new Swedes” have been tried, from modular housing to temporary renting of villas, hotel rooms and cruise ships. In December 2016, Stockholm tried accommodating newcomers in dormitories, where up to 16 people sleep jammed in a single room.

The dormitory lacks kitchen facilities, and food has to be delivered.

​”Here I can neither study nor sleep. Everything is so difficult,” said Gidey Germay, a refugee from the African nation of Eritrea. ##


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First Nation People in Canada getting Modular Container Homes

July 26th, 2016 Comments off

Canada__Bearspaw_First_Nation_modular_container_housing__Ladacor_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsA pilot project that will repurpose shipping containers into modular homes for First Nations reservations in Alberta, Canada has begun with a ground-breaking ceremony 55 miles southwest of Calgary at Eden Valley. Bearspaw First Nation Chief Darcy Dixon and council members Rex Daniels and Larry Daniels were joined by representatives from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems which has previously used the technology for hotels, senior housing and apartments.

The strong, non-combustible steel modular core offers great durability and fire safety, and by the time the home is finished, it is indistinguishable from conventional construction,” said Joe Kiss, president of Ladacor. “The homes are of a very high quality, very well insulated and very durable – both interior and exterior, making them exactly the sort of building that many remote communities need.”

While many First Nations people live in substandard housing with thin walls, and are typically 10 times more likely to die in a fire than the rest of Canada, the container homes are made from non-combustible steel.

Rhys Kane, business development director for Ladacor, says the process reduces the build time for a home to six weeks. Noting that costs are similar to a wood stick-built home, but that the Ladacor product cannot burn and is much more durable, he said, “We are hoping to build many homes on reserves across Canada with this being a demo project. The cost-effective technology is highly repeatable, has multiple configurations and is an ideal solution for First Nations housing requirements.”

Rob Shotclose, Bearspaw First Nation CEO, commented that “the Bearspaw First Nation is proud to be a partner in this important project.” Members of the community have provided input to the design of the homes to make sure they fit the First Nations lifestyles from both a technical and cultural point of view.

Construction has begun, and a family has already been lined up to move into the first house when it is completed in early September. As homes are built and families move in, a monitoring program will commence to test the suitability of the homes for the families. ##

(Rendering credit: Ladacor–modular container homes to house First Nation peoples in Alberta, Canada)

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug. 16-Aug. 23, 2015

August 23rd, 2015 Comments off

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PBS Story on MH Finance Due. Sun, UMH, Adding Communities, Lippert to Add Workers. Major Patrick Shareholders Unload. CA City Welcomes MH. 3D Printed Home, Auto Charge each Other. Datacomp Offers new Valuation for MH. Mods Blooming in Australia, Nigeria, Honolulu, FL Keys, South Africa. Dow Drops Sharply. Much, much more news and views.

Saturday, Aug. 22

New Owners of Land Lease Community Bring Applause from Residents

Friday, Aug. 21

Two Age-Restricted Manufactured Home Communities sold to Kingsley

PBS Segment on Manufactured Home Lending; MH Pros Need to Work Together

MHCV Inches Up, while Dow, Nasdaq and S&P Plunge Sharply

Commercial Modular Housing Taking Root Down Under

CA City to Allow Manufactured Homes Among Conventional Housing

Equity LifeStyle Properties Stock Targeted at $66.00

Thursday, Aug. 20

Irish Modular Homes Planned for Affordable Housing in Nigeria

Dow, Many Stocks Drop Sharply; MHCV Falls -3.83%

UMH Properties Continues its Acquisition of Land Lease Communities

Existing Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Eight Years

Lippert to Add 125 Workers in New Haven, Indiana

Major Shareholders of Patrick Industries Continue Unloading Stock

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Sun Completes Transactions on Six Communities, Secures Line of Credit

Deer Valley Spikes, Dow Takes A Hike, Google Hit by Lightning Strike

July Housing Starts Reach Highest Level since Oct. 2007, Led by Single-family

Modular Container Units will House Homeless in Honolulu

California City Relinquishes Enforcement of Land Lease Communities

Insider Trading Noted at UMH Properties, Inc.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Patrick Industries’ Shares sold by Major Shareholder

Cavco Tops MH Gainers, MHCV Slips

Home Builder Sentiment Measures Near Ten-year High

Gated Community of Ten Modular Homes to Rise in Florida Keys

Datacomp Announces new Valuation Tool to Comply with Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

3D Printed Automobile and Home Energize Each Other

Monday, Aug. 17

Container Homes in South Africa face Lending Challenge similar to U. S. Manufactured Homes

Louisiana Pacific Gains Nearly 6% in Two Straight Trading Days

Bill would Give a Voice to Smaller Lenders within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Manufactured Home Community Owners, Residents at Odds over Infrastructure Repairs

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug. 9-Aug. 16, 2015 ##

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Unknown Chemicals Found in MHC

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

WFTV9 reports from east Orange County, Fla. 49 homes were evacuated from the Alafaya Palms manufactured home community after an unidentified powder substance was found in a shed belonging to a man who had recently died. A relative cleaning out the property discovered the containers and alerted authorities who then ordered the evacuation. Randolph Hasbrock said the man made his own fireworks back in the day and he suspects it is gunpowder that was uncovered or some substance used to make fireworks. A member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. said they are dangerous chemicals, but did not identify them before they were taken away for disposal. MHProNews learned school buses were diverted from the area, and residents of Alafaya who left around 11 in the morning were allowed to return by 6:30 that evening.

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