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Cairo, IL

Secretary Carson,

I saw your visit to Cairo, Illinois in the news yesterday. It was heartwarming to see your interest in helping the community’s housing issue. So I took the liberty of studying the area on Google’s satellite and street view. What I noticed was the steady amount of shipping container traffic that is transported on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. There have been several housing manufacturers that are using shipping containers for repurposed livable units. Here is an example. There are several others.

https://www.24hplans.com/top-20-shipping-container-home-designs-and-their-costs/

https://www.curbed.com/2017/6/21/15839730/shipping-container-house-for-sale-buy

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      • Trib NarainTrib Narain commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        (....contd. ) and this may have some STEM / Remanufacturing-Section 3 retrofitting obsolete building training/job opportunities in LMI communities near ports in cities like Baltimore, Houston, Charleston or those located near inland container ports towards where the trucks you spotted were heading.

      • Trib NarainTrib Narain commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A Very good observation!

        Container Homes offer lots of potential for ADUs -- accessory dwelling units -- especially to complement affordable housing options for folks who cannot afford rent to continue in areas where they lived for long due to gentrification

        (see: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/15/543481719/-granny-pods-help-keep-portland-affordable )

        or for adjunct elderly ("at-home") care units for elderly as granny pods; for emergency disaster housing; portable housing for areas attracting workers when new industries pop up like "fracking" in mid-west.

        Though not structurally cost-effective when compared to traditional wood structures, as an architect who built some of these in southwest DC neighborhoods explained to me, these certainly offer a re-usable solution to house folks temporarily in large MFH retrofits or community redevelopment and "gentrification" type projects.

        I spoke to a few folks in HUD HQs and an architect

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