Habitat for Humanity builds Shipping Container House
CINCINNATI (Sydney Benter) -- The tiny house movement has some new competition, and it looks like it fell right off the back of a train. Habitat for Humanity has turned a 320 square foot shipping container into a home.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati thinks the containers could be just what the affordable housing market needs. The non-profit has a prototype in its lot and is inviting the community to take a tour."It's an affordable opportunity, it's a trend opportunity, it has flexibility, it has adaptability, there's a lot about this that's really exciting," says Rick Williams who visited the model on Friday. According to Habitat for Humanity's financing model, the group could sell the containers at cost with zero percent interest and a montly mortgage would be about $100 a month. The model home is Energy Star rated and the non-profit estimates electricity would cost $20 a month.The idea is that the containers could be bolted down and would become a fortified home. Foam insulation and drywall line the interior. The steel exterior is could handle plenty of wear and tear. "It was designed to be kicked around a little bit on a rail car, on an ocean liner, etc., so it is strong to start with," says Ed Lee, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.The prototype is only in the Tri-state temporarily. It's heading to southern Kentucky where a woman with disabilities will call it home.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is exploring ways to make container homes viable. You're invited to tour the home and give feedback Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity office and ReStore at 4910 Para Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45237.To see more footage of the home, and for more information about the project, you can go here.Follow Sydney Benter on Twitter @Local12Sydney, and LIKE her on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!