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53 Affordable Housing Initiatives

From Repurposed Shipping Shelters to Seamless Green Skyscrapers

— July 14, 2015 — Eco
While many affordable housing initiatives help provide shelter for homeless individuals, some of these projects are also targeted at consumers who simply can't afford conventional housing. With a greater number of people moving to cities each year, urban housing often comes at a premium. For those who have little or no income, affordable housing initiatives help provide a comfortable living space.

For many homeless and low-income individuals, a stable living situation is a primary concern. Many of these social housing initiatives seek to provide not only shelter, but also supportive services that may help these individuals overcome homelessness. Some of the most innovative homeless housing solutions include micro housing communities, pre-fabricated abodes and even converted shipping container homes.

Other affordable housing initiatives are targeted at those who may not be homeless, but are unable to avoid the sky-high costs of urban living. For those on a tight budget, there are a number of innovative housing options that utilize eco-friendly building materials and unorthodox architecture. Some of these affordable housing options include sustainable bamboo homes, seamless green skyscrapers and even boat residences.
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Plastic Crate Shelters
Plastic Crate Shelters
These Shelters are Made with Easily Accessible Materials
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52
Reimagined Boat Residences
Reimagined Boat Residences
The Guest Harbor Project Envisions Boats as Side Houses
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51
Sociable Apartment Complexes
Sociable Apartment Complexes
This Affordable Apartment Building Incorporates Color and Playfulness
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50
Undulating Semicircle Architecture
Undulating Semicircle Architecture
La Tour Tower by 3XN Has a Flowing Design
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49
Innovation-Focused Districts
Innovation-Focused Districts
The Miami Innovation District Will Foster Creative Tech Ideas
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48
Seamless Green Skyscrapers
Seamless Green Skyscrapers
SCDA Architecture Creates the 'Skyterrace@Dawson'
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47
Understated Plywood Residences
Understated Plywood Residences
The Brick House by Leth and Gori Embraces Modernist Design Details
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46
Crowded Shelter Solutions
Crowded Shelter Solutions
James Christian's Disruptive Designs Address London's Housing Crisis
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45
Trailblazing Swedish Skyscrapers
Trailblazing Swedish Skyscrapers
'Pole Star' Will Be the Tallest Building in Scandinavia
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44
Housing Revolution Enterprises
Housing Revolution Enterprises
Seruna Future is a Community Interest Company Based in London
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43
Compact Glazed Abodes
Compact Glazed Abodes
The Family House Features a Gable Wall
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42
Affordable Capsule Hotels
Affordable Capsule Hotels
The EauBerge Paris Capsule Hotel Will Be Located On The Seine River Bank
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41
Socially-Conscious Mexican Residences
Socially-Conscious Mexican Residences
The Casa Caja House by S-AR Empowers Local Labourers
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40
Elderly Homesharing Services
Elderly Homesharing Services
This Service Enables Homesharing for Seniors Currently Living Alone
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39
Paper Log Abodes
Paper Log Abodes
Shigeru Ban Constructs Temporary Shelters to Help the Philippines
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38
Inflatable Heat-Sharing Shelters
Inflatable Heat-Sharing Shelters
The paraSITE Shelter Turns Excess Heat into Comfortable Living
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37
Mobile Homeless Shelters
Mobile Homeless Shelters
The State of Hawaii is Turning Retired City Buses into Working Shelters
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36
Repurposed Shipping Shelters
Repurposed Shipping Shelters
This Homeless Housing Solution Recycles Used Shipping Containers
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35
Mass Produced Retreats (UPDATE)
Mass Produced Retreats (UPDATE)
The 'Lou' is the Latest Addition to the Hermit Houses
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34
Multipurpose Container Buildings
Multipurpose Container Buildings
Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects Expands on a Shipping Container
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33
Affordable Timber Residences
Affordable Timber Residences
This Low-Cost Home is the First of Its Kind in Copenhagen
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32
Geometric Igloo Abodes
Geometric Igloo Abodes
Marcello’s House by Ctrl+Z and NoSoloPaja Displays a Whimsical Design
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31
Recycled Mobile Homeless Shelters
Recycled Mobile Homeless Shelters
The Homelessness Project Uses Discarded Items to Provide Housing
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30
Stacked Cube Skyscrapers
Stacked Cube Skyscrapers
This Sustainable Skyscraper Houses a Flexible Mixed-Use Interior
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29
Bamboo Homeless Shelters
Bamboo Homeless Shelters
These Bamboo Structures Could Provide Housing for Asia's Homeless
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28
Inexpensive Bamboo Homes
Inexpensive Bamboo Homes
The Framework House is Targeted Towards Low-Income Cambodians
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27
Carbon Positive Houses
Carbon Positive Houses
This Prefab Home Only Uses a Tiny Fraction of the Energy It Generates
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26
Portable Winter Shelters
Portable Winter Shelters
This Sleeping Bag Converts into a Tent on the Go
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25
Homeless-Helping Micro-Homes (UPDATE)
Homeless-Helping Micro-Homes (UPDATE)
These Miniature Homes Provide Housing for the Homeless
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24
Stripped-Down Houses
Stripped-Down Houses
The Maison D is a Utilitarian and Affordable Family Home
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23
Solar-Powered Tiny Homes
Solar-Powered Tiny Homes
This Tiny Home Was Designed By Californian High School Students
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22
Boxed Timber Architecture
Boxed Timber Architecture
The Casa GG Takes Minimalism to a Whole New Level
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21
Vertical Tent Pods
Vertical Tent Pods
A-KAMP47 by Malka Architecture Provides Shelter for the Homeless
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20
House-Converted Billboards
House-Converted Billboards
DesignDevelop Turns Ads into Shelters for the Homeless
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19
Irregular Cubic Homes
Irregular Cubic Homes
This Prefabricated House is Low on Cost and High on Space
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18
Low-Budget Housing Projects
Low-Budget Housing Projects
This Vietnamese Housing Project Addresses an Urgent Issue
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17
Charitable Housing Designs
Charitable Housing Designs
Casa Uno by Hans Mayr Helps Homeless Mexican Families Find Shelter
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16
3D-Printed Houses
3D-Printed Houses
This 3D Printer Can Build Ten Houses in a Day Using Recycled Materials
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15
Upcycled Construction Trailer Dwellings
Upcycled Construction Trailer Dwellings
This Construction Trailer Got Made into a Small Residence
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14
Brutalist Sci-Fi Houses
Brutalist Sci-Fi Houses
The Star Wars Home by Moon Hoon is Inspired by a Childhood Dream
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13
Homeless Housing Solutions
Homeless Housing Solutions
Utah's Housing Works Program is Set to End Homelessness This Year
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12
Affordable Tiny Homes
Affordable Tiny Homes
This Well-Designed Tiny Home is Located In Vancouver
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11
Eco-Friendly Portuguese Homes
Eco-Friendly Portuguese Homes
Miramar House is Located in a Picturesque Portuguese Town
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10
Inexpensive Customizable Cabins
Inexpensive Customizable Cabins
This A-Frame Cabin Enables Consumers to Build It as They Please
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9
Affordable Prefabricated Homes
Affordable Prefabricated Homes
The S-House Could Represent Suitable Housing For Vietnam's Poor
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8
Homeless Microhouse Communities
Homeless Microhouse Communities
This Project Provides Sustainable Tiny Housing for the Homeless
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7
Cardboard Homeless Shelters
Cardboard Homeless Shelters
Urbankit is a Low-Cost Refuge to Remedy Immediate Needs of the Needy
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6
Affordable Shipping Container Abodes
Affordable Shipping Container Abodes
The Alexander Street Project Gives People in Need Nice Homes
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5
Inexpensive Disaster-Proof Homes
Inexpensive Disaster-Proof Homes
Sustainable.TO's Hurricane-Proof Design is a Competition Winner
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4
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
The Miniature Housing Project of Portland is Making Waves
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3
Compact Sustainable Houses
Compact Sustainable Houses
The Smart Student Unit is an Inexpensive Option
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2
Transportable Homeless Shelters
Transportable Homeless Shelters
The Urban Rough Sleeper Backpack Helps Support the Homeless
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1
Portable Prefabricated Rooms
Portable Prefabricated Rooms
Expand Your Home Space with Inoutside's Prefabricated Buildings
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