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California nonprofit organization, Cardborigami, has created a simple solution to a complex problem. Inspired by origami principles of construction and folding, Tina Hovsepian designed a temporary homeless shelter that is constructed out of cardboard. The biodegradable and recyclable structure is both water-resistant and flame-retardant. Shelters can be constructed by two people in just a half hour. Once constructed, it is easily collapsible and transportable.
www.homelessshelterdirectory.org The Homeless Shelter Directory is a free resource that helps support the homeless and the shelters listed on their website. They have a searchable database for local listings.
Your old plastic grocery bags could be helping someone. Every week, volunteers at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., turn thousands of plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless.
Borrowing principles from the art of Japanese paper folding, USC School of Architecture grad Tina Hovsepian invented Cardborigami, a temporary and ultra-portable shelter that can be used by the homeless. The shelter is made from standard corrugated cardboard, a lightweight and cost effective material. Incorporating a consistent pattern of x’s and parallel lines, Tina created a structure that can fold down for portability, but also open up to create the makeshift “walls” of the shelter.