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An Austin designer’s interesting approach to post-disaster shelter

Austin designer Michael McDaniel has developed an alternative temporary housing solution to the FEMA trailer. He calls it the Reaction Housing System, a temporary shelter that can be stacked up and loaded onto a flatbed 20 at a time.

It is an interesting option to provide extremely short-term shelter. In real world applications however the inordinate length of time between the disaster and the restoration of permanent housing would make living in his Reaction Housing System impractical. If we are able to successfully address the more rapid provision of permanent housing then his solution becomes practical. That is what we are struggling to do through the Texas Grow Home project.

I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community. These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.

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