Shipping Container Homes To Help The Homeless Natural Disaster Survivors
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Facility at Sand Island are moving into high gear tonight. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji De Nies. Hale Mauli ola will be the first project to use shipping containers to house the homeless. In tonight's top story KITV's Catherine Cruz shows us a new wrinkle in the plans. The city is calling Hale Mauliola a new model to deal with our housing crisis. Today it awarded an $850,000 contract to Institute of Human Services and Helping Hands. It's to operate the facility made up of some two dozen.
Modified shipping containers. The mayor says instead of a plan to focus on 100 chronic homeless individuals. It has scaled it back and changed the plan on who it will help first. mayor 6 32 6 48 So we modified it.There are units for individuals and units for couples and if that works we will open it up to families with children too. Remember, this is a pilot for one year. We are going to tweak it, improve it, The plan now is to provide shelter for ' individuals.
And 2 dozen couples. Those first 87 people would stay for two months possibly longer The goal is to serve 250 people first year. Connie Mtichell 35 03 3518 We are trying to fill the gaps and figure out how to serve certain people betterand its an improvement I hope on what we have been able to provide. People who don't want to go into an emergency shelter may want to come into this option because there is a difference, The pet friendly village that will spring up on.
The Sand Island site will offer electricity, plumbing and 24 hour security, AND wrap around services as a portal to permanent housing Expect to see city crews to move quickly. Edwardo Manglallan Deputy Director Facilities 4623 46 Next week we are going to start clearing and grubbing. Then we are going to do grading and paving. Electrical and plumbing work will follow. State health officials are requiring that any work installing power poles and asphalt will require barriers to reduce spread of petroleum and contaminants in the soil. The city.
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Atira Women's resource society has been providing housing to women fleeing violence for almost 30 years. There's actually 2 components to this project. One is the original building, which has been here since 1912. In that building we're housing young women who have been homeless, there are 18 rooms and it's communal living. The second part of the project is the recycled shipping container component. There are 12 selfcontained studio units here. The units are affordable, the rent is affordable, it's safe. Women are not only being able to interact with each other.
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Music Yshape is the name of the Y container, because I want to create a flow in space, a flexible space compared to the traditional residential house. You'll see we do not have any fixed partition in the Yshaped house. The space is going to be more spacious, while we're still limited in 1,000 square feet footage. Also, I put so many customizable features in this house. You'll see there's a convertible wall, can customize as the consumers wish. music The last feature I want to introduce is an exterior platform, combined with a raining water recycle.
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Bradd Brown Cedar Rapids Theatre When people realized the water was going to get as high as it did, people started up to or showed up to join the sandbag line. People began to sandbag the facility buildings, um the water started coming in through the basement first and uh the lower level was completely decimated. The lower level has always kinda been the back of house area so it's been the green room, the dressing room, costume storage and mechanical, electrical type spaces. But then the water also came on up to the main level,.
So it flooded out the main lobby. Water reached about 7 rows high in the main house. When the cleanup efforts took place there was great care to save the cast iron side side components to the seats. We were able to restore those and reuse those in the new seating. It's also interesting that up in the opera boxes there are two chandeliers that have been put in place and uh many of us never knew there were ever chandeliers there. We were able to go back and find some old black and.
White photographs that do show the chandeliers in place. It was originally an RKO Theater, constructed as an RKO Theater, but yeah it has had performances by Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant many, many stars. I've mentioned to a number of people it's been a really good experience for us. We've uh, I think that the individuals we've met with from FEMA have been as eager to help bring the theater back as those of us who are involved with the project or on the board. They were very supportive you know helped guide us.
Through the process and made it a very easy process for us. Um, I'm also intrigued that with the assistance of FEMA, with the assistance of Vision Iowa and local donors, this will really be for, it's not a public owned building but it is kinda a public building, will be the first real significant public building that will come back from the flood of 2008. And this community needs a win, this community needs something positive to happen and I think this could really be a catalyst or turning point for Cedar Rapids.
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