FORGET BRICKS – INTRODUCING HOMES MADE BY 3D PRINTERS

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When you mention evolution some might think of apes, or whales with little limbs looking sad, drawn across the page of your old science book. Or you might think of the Internet and get sidetracked into the thought process of how in the heck you survived without Google or a handheld database of everything you could ever need (or want to know). I bet if we played a word association game, you’d have to get pretty far down the list before “evolution” led to a light bulb that correlated with the word “printer.” But, given a closer look, I think anyone would be hard-pressed to disagree –– printers have come a long way, baby. FORGET BRICKS – INTRODUCING HOMES MADE BY 3D PRINTERS

A MODERN MATTRESS COMPANY ON A MISSION: LEESA

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The question of whether somebody is homeless or not is actually more complex than what first meets the eye. In other words, there’s more to a home then a roof over your head. For instance, someone might not technically be “homeless,” but they could be lacking the general comforts that most people take for granted. They might be missing the things that make a house a home – blankets to keep warm, a soft place to lay their head, food for their bellies, dishes piled in the sink… A MODERN MATTRESS COMPANY ON A MISSION: LEESA

ACTION HUNGER: VENDING MACHINES CATERING TO THE HOMELESS

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Homelessness is an issue I continue to revisit time and time again. It’s one that, if you’ve got a heart, easily tugs at the heartstrings and begs the question “What can we do to help?” Unlike other issues, it’s one that I think hits a little close to home (pun intentional and relevant). I mean that in the sense that there are few among us who don’t know what it’s like to be down on our luck. It’s easy to see how homelessness comes to be, and with that, comes a little bit of the realization that it could be any of us looking for a place to lay our head at night. Luckily, that sentiment is echoed by many, which is why there are so many unique initiatives inspired by the homeless epidemic. One which has recently held my attention, restored my faith in humanity, and captured the headlines of newspapers here and there is Action Hunger, a creative nonprofit battling homelessness one vending machine at a time. ACTION HUNGER: VENDING MACHINES CATERING TO THE HOMELESS

INVENTION SPOTLIGHT: A SOLAR-POWERED TENT FOR THE HOMELESS

I know, I know – I cover homelessness a lot on the blog. A huge reason for that is because, like it or not (for the record – not), it’s prevalence is undeniable. There are over 500,000 homeless people in the United States. A 2016 survey even found that Washington DC had one of the highest homeless rates of 32 US cities. Yikes. But the reason I keep covering it is because there are more and more people taking a look at this issue and tackling it from new, innovative angles. It’s proof that people rule and 2017 is quite a time to be alive. INVENTION SPOTLIGHT: A SOLAR-POWERED TENT FOR THE HOMELESS

ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

When homelessness is a concern, the home-less aspect is often (and unfortunately) only the tip of the iceberg. Those who find themselves battling homelessness can often come from heavy, challenging backgrounds that expose them to things such as abuse, addiction, violence, and more. Finding both the mental strength and physical resources to bounce back from homelessness is no small feat – which is why having effective programs in place cannot be overlooked. ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

I’VE GOT YOUR SIX: HELP FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

Taking a break from raving about where in DC you can stuff your face (and your pants) and going on and on about what to do with your free time to bring you a dose of inspiration and something that hits home (pun totally intended). There are, unfortunately, many things in the world that tug at the heartstrings and well up the eyes – and homelessness is among them. Everyone deserves a safe place to rest at the end of the day. A warm bed. A tiny corner to call their own. While this, among many other things, is never a guarantee, we are lucky to have so many unique programs and initiatives fighting modern-day homelessness with impressive determination. I’VE GOT YOUR SIX: HELP FOR HOMELESS VETERANS