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IMAGE: Container house made in China, opens into a two bedroom home in ten minutes ~

If the Tasmanian Government decided to end homelessness, what could be done?

Finland faced this simple choice, and decided to provide homes.

The Finns also found that it was less expensive to provide homes for the homeless, when all long-term costs were taken into account.

Should we follow the lead of the Finns?

It is an acknowledged fact now, that Finland is the happiest nation on Earth.

I have prepared a photo survey of some of the options, including emergency housing. [1]

One option that caught my attention is the container home, which comes in the form of a shipping container, and can be unfolded in ten minutes to three times the size of the container, making a two-bedroom home. [2]

There are many variations on the container house found around the world. [3]

One variation can unfold into a building six times the size of the container, to become a mobile restaurant. [4]

A container house could be stored ready for use, just as shipping containers are stored now, and sent to any location where a home is needed.

Should a catastrophe strike Tasmania, such as a fire event, the container house would also be a good emergency option.

Two container houses placed end to end could become a four-bedroom house, ready for a family who needs a home.

Many people who now face housing stress may be able to afford to buy a container house, and just need some place to place it.

For some people the container house may even become their permanent low-cost accommodation.

Add a brick wall and a roof, and the container house becomes a normal home in the suburbs.

Should the Tasmanian community, business and government work together to end homelessness on this island, container homes could be provided to meet the emergency needs of people needing homes.

Housing becomes a crisis when it turns into a real estate honey pot, and there are not enough affordable properties to go around.

With options like the container house, which can be moved, the fuse is pulled on the real estate escalation bomb that wrecks homes and drives homelessness.

It was quite a surprise to find that the housing crisis had arrived in Ross, with rental properties being turned into holiday places.

There are no places to rent in Ross, and a real estate agent tells me that a similar situation exists in Campbell Town.

News reports tell of rents rising through the roof in New Norfolk, and I wonder how many other country towns have a housing problem.

When there are no houses to let, there are no places for workers to live, and this is hardly a healthy state for any town.

What are young people supposed to do who need to move out of the family home?

Rather than see people leave Ross, and maybe end up homeless in Hobart, I wonder if land could be made available for an option like the container house.

The Northern Midlands Council owns a hectare of land in Ross, which has been on the market for a couple of years.

This land is flat, next to the rail line, and could serve well for container houses.

If similar land were found in every town around Tasmania, and options like container houses made available, we could be looking toward zero homeless.

The Finnish solution to homelessness works by the central government working with local authorities to provide homes.

If we can succeed in ending homelessness, we could look toward zero unemployment, and how to get there.


[1]  In Search of a Home
Author, 2 April 2018

[2]  China Expandable container house—-10 minutes one house!

[3]  Instant Home Solutions Angeli Folding House ~ Instant Homes Solutions

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[4]  Amazing transformer truck. Restaurant on wheels


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ABOUT Kim PeartIn 2007 Kim was listed among Tasmania’s top 200 movers and shakers for “An urban bushland conservationist who has worked tirelessly over the years to maintain walking tracks and protect wildlife from the encroachment of bush-front housing developments.” Kim is campaigning for an Australian Convict Trail, with the Tasmanian leg running from the ferry in Devonport to Port Arthur, along with foot and cycle paths by Tasmania’s highways and roads. After being at the launch of an Australian Space Agency last September, Kim is seeking ways to create employment, careers and new enterprise in Tasmania with the global space industry. Kim now lives in Ross, with his wife Jennifer, and a small tribe of alpacas.

Authorised by: J Bolton, 39A Bridge St, Ross