Life Saving Innovations
Organizations who work with people experiencing homelessness usually focus on getting them the basic needs for survival. Food, shelter, and clothing are usually at the top of this list and it can be a difficult to find these for people who are experiencing homelessness. So we want to shine some light on great innovations that people have used to get those items to people.
One issue for people who are experiencing homelessness is having the appropriate clothing for weather. Detroit based company the Empowerment Plan does more than just make really nice and affordable jackets, "We hire single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence". The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. The coat is constructed of durable, water resistant Cordura fabric from Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and other materials provided by generous donors. You can request a coat at their website http://www.empowermentplan.org/the-coat.
Weatherhyde tents provides an insulated tent for homeless families that protects from the most extreme weather. As a company they "design and provide shelter and infrastructure solutions for the homeless and vulnerable that are scalable, sustainable, and able to create opportunities for communities to emerge out of poverty." They are producing more that just tents, see more of their innovations on their website https://weatherhyde.org.
These are just a few of the amazing innovations that helps homeless people survive and you can see more of them here http://on.mash.to/2DQDLcH.