Atlanta has officially opened its homeless housing project, a development called The Melody, with units made out of recycled shipping containers.
Atlanta officially opened its new homeless housing project on Jan. 26. The project’s units are built out of recycled shipping containers. Mayor Andre Dickens hopped on TikTok to show what the insides of these untraditional homes looked like.
@andreforatlanta Introducing “Melody” — a safe and dignified community providing housing for the homeless. With 40 micro unit shipping containers, our goal is to offer privacy, independence, and a sense of community this is just a part of how we plan to follow through on our commitment to producing 500 units of rapid housing on public land by 2025. Alongside supportive services and case management, “Melody” will make a lasting impact in addressing homelessness. This is how we continue #movingatlantaforward ♬ original sound – andre
The homes feature the essentials, including a bed, microwave, desk, free Wi-Fi, and a television for entertainment. Each unit has its own bathroom, with supplies to help the new residents keep their spaces safe and sanitary. Free laundry is also available in a separate location within the community.
“We’re trying to take care of people in a humane way,” shared the elected official in the video.
Safety measures include cameras on-site and controlled access for guests and residents while fostering a neighborly feeling through its community space room. Case managers will also be designated for the apartment holders as they transition from unsheltered to stable living conditions.
According to 11Alive, the establishment held a tearful welcome ceremony on its opening day, paying homage to Bloodworth and how her story has inspired the city to take greater action in supporting unsheltered people and the struggles they face.
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Source: Black Enterprise