Our ‘discovery’ of the purpose-built Pallet shelter made a transitional solution possible, unlike other ‘tiny homes’, huts, converted trailers, or portables we had reviewed. The pre-fab, ready-to-assemble bed-sit cabins are relatively low-cost, low-profile, transportable, all-season climate-ready, constructed with mold, rot, and pest-resistant material, pet-friendly, and easy to clean for quick turnaround. They are equipped for safety, livability, and accessibility.
With funding from the City of London and a London Community Foundation Vitality Grant, Pallet shelter rooms were installed on the exterior grounds, along with retrofits to our building to accommodate more individuals indoors.
This uniquely configured indoor-outdoor program provides for 38 individuals at any given time – versus the 12 who could be safely supported indoors alone – and substantially improves the quality of accommodations and standard of care we can provide.
Unity Project is the first in Canada to use these structures, and their promise will be evaluated.