A Vancouver charity, RainCity Housing, is converting city benches into pop-up shelters for homeless people. And by giving homeless people in this rainy city some dry coverage and a place to rest, RainCity is putting London’s anti-homeless spikes to shame.
The company specializes in accommodation and support services for the homeless in Vancouver. They used designs that feature welcoming slogans on the bench backboard. During the daytime, the benches are places to wait for a bus or sit. At night, they convert into usable shelters where the backboard lifts up to provide shelter.
The daytime city bench uses UV rays from sunlight, so the bench reads, “This is a bench.” Then at night, glow-in-the-dark wording appears, saying, “This is a bedroom,” and drives people to the RainCity website.
Another bench installation reads, “Find shelter here,” and when the bench’s back support is raised up, it says, “Find a home here,” providing the address of a RainCity shelter…
*Also see http://www.raincityhousing.org/