As I listened to CNN yesterday I heard about a rolling shelter that provides homeless with a weather-resistant, portable place to sleep. On wheels, the “EDAR,” (acronym for “Everybody Needs A Roof”) provides comfortable, durable protection from the elements. When not used to sleep in, EDARs collapse to a square that also provides storage of essentials. A bit larger than a shopping cart but lower to the ground, its large wheels provide clearance sufficient to navigate curbs and irregular pavement.
In areas with warmer climates, EDARs appear an attractive alternative to homeless shelters. They are also useful inside shelters, providing more comfort and privacy than traditional cots or bunk beds.
As the ranks of our homeless continue to swell, EDARs may be an idea whose time has come.