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You have noticed, by now, that I am a fan of clever inventions which tackle one of the many problems we face. This one is no exception.

 

Please, no comments of the “give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime” variety. Of course distributing coats like these will not solve the terrible problem of homelessness. However, while we tackle the problem of homelessness, giving people a way to be warmer for this terribly cold winter is wonderful. Not to mention the fact that the company which produces them itself hires people who used to be homeless, giving them opportunity and jobs.

I’m going to look up this company now. I wonder if you can order these coats online and distribute them yourself. I’ve seen quite a few people shivering in their light plastic sleeping bags at the train station who could really use this product.

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  1. says

    Some people and groups help homeless people built portable shelters. They are carts on wheels hich can be pushed, with enough room inside for possessions and to sleep, and sufficient protection from the local weather year round. But I would make them with bike or cart wheels (50-70cm), not castors like those pictured.

    http://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/artist-transforms-trash-into-tiny-homes-homeless-gregory-kloehn.html

    http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/tiny-homes-on-wheels-could-shelter-homeless-builder-of-prototype-says-1.2741368

    And to no surprise, such homes are often confiscated or destroyed (read: targeted by cities and municipalities) when homeless people are arrested since they can’t be stored in a jail and others – not other homeless people or social agencies – would be allowed to take it until they get out.

    http://tinyhouseblogs.com/tiny-house-news/war-on-tiny-houses-for-homeless-in-la

  2. says

    Please, no comments of the “give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime” variety.

    Hungry people are very bad students. Not doing something that might prevent somebody from freezing to death because it doesn’t tackle the bigger problem is a particularly cruel way to punish people for being poor.

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