This is a marvelous idea. What is it? They're called EDAR units (Everyone Deserves A Roof), and they're seven foot long portable, raised floor tent units which are being distributed to LA-area homeless. Nothing fancy; just a sealed canvas roof over a bare-bones tent with a small mattress and a little bit of living space. Light, easily portable, and easily secured.

I think that it's easy to miss how important it is for a human being to have a place they can call their own. Even something as small as this, it's still somewhere you can close the door, not be seen by anyone, and sleep while feeling a heck of a lot more secure than when you're laying on a tarp on the street.

Not to mention, this gives homeless citizens a place to put clean changes of clothing, where they won't get rained on or trash on them (and thus be rendered unsuitable for work), and something to feel proud of and want to preserve. It's nowhere near a perfect solution to the problem of homelessness, but at least it's a step in the right direction...and more importantly, one that was derived by /actually talking to people who were homeless/.