5/15 Finding Home: Where would you go if you could? Some new ideas ...

May 15, 2015

Container ship
Credit Ruben Schade/Flickr

Tiny houses.  Micro-homes.  Re-purposed shipping containers.  We've heard the buzz about them not only as environmentally friendly housing options, but as low-cost options to help house the homeless in our country.

In Madison, WI, tiny houses to shelter the people struggling with homelessness cost about $4,000 apiece.

In Duluth, plans were afoot a year ago to convert shipping containers - which are plentiful and comparatively inexpensive in the Twin Ports - to housing, and at about half the cost per unit of traditional low-income housing.

That project didn't materialize, but Rick Klun, executive director of Center City Housing, says a new prototype will begin construction very soon ... and he's pretty excited about it.