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29 Homeless Innovations

From Pop-Up Inflatable Shelters to Bumvertising

— July 5, 2009 — Social Good
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 3.5 million adults and children are homeless over the course of a year.

This astonishing statistic has inspired a number of designers and innovators to create solutions to raise the comfort level of the homeless and awareness of their situation. From pop-up inflatable homeless shelters to mobile homes for the homeless, there are quite a few innovations that aim to improve a homeless person's condition.

Unfortunately, not all of the homeless innovations in the slideshow below are positive. There are also a handful of disturbing viral news stories about the homeless, including teen 'sport' killings and bumvertising.
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Robotic Bouncers
Robotic Bouncers
"Bum Bot" Shoos away Homeless
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Teen 'Sport Killings' of Homeless On the Rise
Teen 'Sport Killings' of Homeless On the Rise
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Sleeping in Bank Entrances
Sleeping in Bank Entrances
ATM Hotels Are Gold Cards for the Homeless On Cold Winter Nights
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26
Good-Doing Google
Good-Doing Google
Homeless in SF Get Phone & Voice Mail
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25
Online Promos for Panhandlers
Online Promos for Panhandlers
"Pimp This Bum!" Helps Houston Homeless Man
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24
Beards as Christmas Metaphors
Beards as Christmas Metaphors
Coca Cola's Hobo Holiday Ads
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23
Celeb Do-Gooders
Celeb Do-Gooders
Hilary Duff Feeds Edmonton Homeless
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22
Hobo Soup Is Hot!
Hobo Soup Is Hot!
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Homeless By Choice
Homeless By Choice
Student Lives In His Truck for 19 Months
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20
Homeless Voting
Homeless Voting
Registering Park Benches as Addresses in Ohio
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19
Homeless People and Their Weblogs Start to Get High Tech
Homeless People and Their Weblogs Start to Get High Tech
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18
Heat Map of the Homeless
Heat Map of the Homeless
Can You Say Big Brother?
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17
Compassion Through Metaphors
Compassion Through Metaphors
Brazilian Organization Uses Comparisons for the Homeless
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16
Living in Golf Cars
Living in Golf Cars
Homeless Move to Golf-Carts in Palm Springs
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15
Homeless Musican Fashion Designers
Homeless Musican Fashion Designers
The Crazy Robertson
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14
Robots For The Homeless
Robots For The Homeless
Transformer Guerrilla Sleeping Spaces For the Shelterless
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13
Penniless Promotions
Penniless Promotions
Homeless Branded as Living Advertisements
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12
Guerrilla Campaign for Homeless
Guerrilla Campaign for Homeless
Vitae Shelters
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11
The Urban Shell Shelter for the Homeless
The Urban Shell Shelter for the Homeless
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Guerrilla Poverty Ads
Guerrilla Poverty Ads
Homeless Father Bob Bins
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A mobile "home" for the homeless
A mobile "home" for the homeless
they deserve some design too!
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8
Eco Poverty Camping
Eco Poverty Camping
Tents and Tarps Give Hope to the Homeless in Dignity Village
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7
Luxury for the Homeless (UPDATE)
Luxury for the Homeless (UPDATE)
Faux-Cardboard or Clochard Duvet Covers
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Secret Underground Home
Secret Underground Home
Homeless "Mole Man"
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Homeless Humor
Homeless Humor
Clever Street Solicitations That Are Sure to Turn Some Heads
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Cardboard Box Beds
Cardboard Box Beds
Nikolay Suslov Designs for Nomads and the Homeless
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3
Famous Hobos
Famous Hobos
10 Formerly-Homeless Celebrity Icons
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2
Alternative Homeless Shelters
Alternative Homeless Shelters
The EDAR Project Provides Mini Mobile Units
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Inflatable Homeless Shelters
Inflatable Homeless Shelters
The ParaSITE Project
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