Peter Samuelson believes everyone deserves a roof. He felt so strongly about his argument that he made it the name of his nonprofit: Everyone Deserves A Roof. The organization provides a unique mobile shelter for the homeless, reports Entrepreneur.

Housing L.A.’s homeless population, which numbered nearly 60,000 at the height of 2008′s economic downturn, would cost a staggering $3 billion–an impossible sum to raise. Instead, Samuelson decided to explore a nontraditional way of helping. He approached students at a local art school, as well as a shopping cart fabricator, to help him design and produce a mobile unit that could provide shelter and dignity–at a cost of no more than $500 per unit.

The result: a four-wheeled unit that resembles a collapsible grocery cart, covered by an adaptable, weather-resistant tarp. When folded up, the EDAR can transport people’s belongings; when opened, it becomes a covered cot that provides some privacy and protection from the elements. A brake-and-locking mechanism keeps the unit from drifting.

“The EDAR doesn’t claim to be a permanent fix for homelessness–far from it,” Samuelson says. “But it’s something we can do now to help.”

Photo from EDAR

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on September 11, 2012 in Inventions.


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