Homeless Inventor Gets a Second Chance with Portable Housing Pod


Mike Williams was broke and homeless, living on the streets, until he teamed up with a doctor that gave him a second chance at life. Early in Mike Williams’ life, he saw great success as an inventor. A dentist visit for a cracked tooth would change his life forever.

Mike was at the dentist for his cracked tooth and asked if he could see it. The dentist told him he could use a mirror, but there was no camera or anything to show him the inside of his mouth. Well Mike decided to invent something that would let people see inside their mouths, the first intraoral camera.

The invention was a success, and it led to other medical technology ventures that made him millions of dollars. However, Mike’s life as an inventor and entrepreneur would be short lived, as soon he would be broke and homeless. After the housing market crashed and destroyed many of his financial capabilities, his home went into foreclosure in 2009. He was then scammed and lost about $2.5 million, and the hits kept coming. His wife asked for a divorce, his kids collected their things, and Williams was in the streets.

Last August, Mike was sleeping in a park in Sacramento when two men kicked and beat him unconscious. They took all of his belongings and left him severely injured. Little did he know that the beating would change his life and give him a second chance.

With no health insurance, Williams had to wait hours to see a doctor. Finally he was seen by Dr. Jong Chen, the man who would give Mike the second chance he needed. They struck up conversation during the visit and Dr. Chen asked about how Mike became homeless and what he did before that. Mike was telling him his story when he told the doctor, “As a matter of fact, I’m the inventor of that little wire catheter you’re using.”Portable Housing Pod

Dr. Chen thought it was a waste for such an amazing inventor to be living on the streets, so he decided to team up with Mike. They went to breakfast soon after to talk about any new ideas Mike had devised. He then told the doctor about his idea for a portable housing unit that would provide a secure, safe place for the homeless and people that are displaced in society. Williams said he came up with the idea while resting in a dumpster, one of the only safe places he could find. He even drew up plans for a 6 by 6 foot structure that had a bed and chemical toilet.

With Dr. Chen’s help, they created a company to start working on a prototype portable housing pod. They envisioned more applications, such as FEMA using them for emergency housing and airports renting them out to travelers with long layovers.

Dr. Chen helped get Mike back on his feet, and the duo are working on producing their portable housing pod.


Many Haitians Still Living in Tents Almost 3 Years After Earthquake

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Almost three years ago, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. Many Haitians were forced to live in tent camps because their homes were destroyed from the earthquake. Now many families were rendered homeless because of Hurricane Sandy.

Even though it has almost been three years since the earthquake that struck Haiti forced people into tent camps, over 370,000 people are still living in them. The communities made up of tarps are the only place they have to live. The tarps provide them with shelter and their own space, but after Hurricane Sandy, many people are left homeless once again.

The tarps had provided a way to protect the people from the outdoor elements, but were unable to withstand Hurricane Sandy. Many people’s tarps were ripped, destroyed, or blown away. The super storm flooded most of the living spaces and left many homeless Tarpsagain.

There is no drainage system in the camps, so the water sits stagnant
inside of everyone’s tents. Their beds, clothes, and belongings are all soaked. Many of the tarps are damaged and now they struggle to stay protected from the elements. It has been reported that 18,000 people are now homeless after Sandy came.

The conditions are horrible for those still living at the tent camps. It is hard for people to sleep because they do not have a dry place to rest. The ground is covered with more tarps to try and create dry places to walk. When they try to mop or sweep the water out, more water just pours in. With no real way to drain the water; it will cause the ground to be muddy and wet for a long time. Without help, the Haitian people will be living in a nightmare for some time. Wet and hungry, the people there are crying out for help.

Small Vehicle Shelters

Motorcycle ShelterSmall vehicles such as motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs are great fun this time of year. The nice springtime weather is the signal for many people to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. On the highways and byways, motorcycle enthusiasts take this opportunity to go sightseeing and ride their bikes to work to reduce gas consumption and enjoy the outdoors on daily commutes. People also go off-roading with dirt bikes and ATVs. When these small vehicles are not in use, it’s wise to keep them stored safely out of the elements. If you don’t have a garage available or there’s limited space in your existing garage, a small portable shelter is a great option to protect your small vehicle.

Dust and debris, bird droppings, wet weather, and more can wreak havoc on the condition, value, and performance of small vehicles. Portable shelters minimize exposure to these dangerous elements. Keeping your vehicle clean and minimizing rust will extend the life of your motorcycle or ATV.

Portable shelters are available in sizes to accommodate a number of recreational vehicles, seasonal vehicles, and equipment. To safely house one or two smaller vehicles, motorcycle shelters may range from approximately six to twelve feet wide. These smaller shelters are practical to gain valuable storage and also take up minimal property space. Give your local town authority a call to investigate any permits or zoning regulations in place, and then choose a motorcycle shelter to keep your property tidy and your small vehicles stored safely when not in use.

Larger-Sized Shelters

One of the benefits of using a portable garage as opposed to a brick and mortar structure is the versatility. If you ever need to expand your storage space for additional vehicles or other items, a brick and mortar structure is, essentially, permanent and significant modifications may need to get made. With a portable garage or carport, kits can be purchased to expand the dimensions of the shelter to accommodate more vehicles. Typically, peaked roof portable garage shelters are able to be expanded more, and this includes in both width and length. While many of these shelters are designed to protect one vehicle, be it a single car or an RV, these can be expanded to cover more two or more vehicles.

With portable garage kits, one of these shelters can be expanded by adding additional components to the frame and adding a new roof. However, various other models are available to already accommodate two or more cars. These designs can house two cars in a peaked-roof shelter, while others can be large enough to hold four cars. For outdoor events needing parking, some of these shelters can cover up to six cars. But, if you plan on covering a car and a seasonal vehicle like an RV in the same structure, having a larger portable shelter should be designed with the height of the RV in mind.

Aside from the width and length of one of these portable shelters to accommodate multiple cars, a large-sized portable shelter is capable of accommodating multiple seasonal vehicles, including boats and RVs. For the latter, certain taller portable shelters are designed for these vehicles, including both rounded and peaked roof structure designs. In terms of expanding a shelter to accommodate more vehicles, a peaked roof shelter is more ideal in this case, but, specifically for RVs, the length can be expanded to house one vehicle in front of the other in a tunnel-like structure.

Setting up a Portable Storage Shelter

Regardless of what you call one of these portable storage shelters, all are used for some type of storage. Whether you want to store an RV or a car, one of these shelters can be fitted to your needs. In the case that you don’t need to store a vehicle, one of these shelters can be used, as well. Often, a shed is located in someone’s yard to store tools and other pieces of equipment, like mowers, and one of these portable shelters can be used for that purpose. How protective is this type of shelter for your investments? For the most part, just as protective as a wooden or metal shed when the side flaps and door are down.

If you’re concerned about the style of shelter, many of these sheds are designed with the same familiar peaked roof design. Only, instead of a door to open the shed, many of these portable shelters have a zipper door. In addition, another advantage is, during warmer weather, the sides can be rolled up, so that you’ll have more air circulating around your work area, if you plan to use it as a tool shed and work area. During the winter, all flaps can be put down to fully protect all pieces of equipment and other items in storage.

Regardless of the size of the shelter, all are made with the same sturdy frame and polyethylene canopy. The galvanized steel frame can last for several years without corrosion, but the canopy truly keeps out the elements from reaching your investments. Each polyethylene canopy is treated to be waterproof, as well as UV resistant, mildew, and rot resistant. In addition, as some air is allowed to circulate under the canopy, the structure creates an environment inside to prevent mildew and dry rot from forming on anything being stored.