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San Diego nonprofit hopes to house homeless in emergency sleeping cabins

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 21:33:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego nonprofit is hoping to tackle the homeless crisis with a creative solution.

The nonprofit, Amikas, envisions a San Diego where every woman and child has a safe place to live in.

They hope to build emergency sleeping cabins, which could temporarily house homeless women and children as they look for a permanent place to live.

"They're small, they're immediate, they go up in a matter of days, and so we can house a lot of people very quickly with this solution," said Shanna Welsh-Levin, President of Amikas.

Designed by San Diego-based Treecycling, the homes are inexpensive and can be built within 24 hours. The cabins are mobile, able to be dismantled within a few hours.

"We built these things like houses so they feel like homes," said Gabriel Stafford, with Treecyling.

The house built this week is on display at the Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon.

The ultimate goal would be to run a two-year pilot program, creating an emergency cabin village to test the idea.

Welsh-Levin is inviting city leaders and the community to come to learn more about the effort.