A Toronto carpenter is making mobile homes and giving them away for free to homeless people. The entire project takes about eight hours to make and all the materials to make the mobile home costs about $1,000. He felt he should help with the rising rates of homelessness in Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It just seemed like something I could do that would be useful because there’s so many people staying in tents,” Khaleel Seivwright, 28, told CBC News, “I’ve never seen so many people staying outside in parks, and this is something I could do to make sure people staying outside in the winter could survive.”
As winter turns the corner and the coronavirus pandemic continues, the already strained centers that care for homeless people could force more Canadians out on the street. Many people are concerned with spreading the virus inside a shelter, so Seivwright sought to provide a temporary solution.
Without his help, people would be sleeping in tents and under blankets in Canada’s extreme winters, where temperatures can reach as low as -20 degrees Celcius (which is equivalent to -4 degrees Fahrenheit). People are able to warm the shelters with their own body heat, thanks to the insulation. So far, he’s built two of the mobile homes and plans to create more.
“This isn’t a permanent solution. This is just making sure people don’t die in the cold this winter,” he said to CBC, “At least some people.”
He is able to create these homes with money he’s raised from a GoFundMe page. His goal is $200,000 and currently has raised over $57,000.
“It’s going to be catastrophic. We have not yet seen the wave of evictions from people in unstable, unaffordable housing,” Cathy Crowe, a long-time street nurse, said, “People are trickling into homelessness now, but it’s going to be like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime.”