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Branch Technology and Chattanooga partner for 3D-printed homeless shelters

Branch Technology, a company specializing in 3D printing solutions, has worked with the City of Chattanooga to develop two 3D-printed shelters for the homeless. These were placed on property owned by Olivet Baptist Church and are intended to serve as a safe transitional solution for homeless people who are on their way to more permanent housing.

The tiny houses are powered by electricity and are both fireproof and air-conditioned. Inside are a microwave, refrigerator, bed and storage space for personal items. Residents moved in about a week ago after work on the structures was completed about two months ago.

The city of Chattanooga has provided $19,000 from its Innovation Fund to cover construction costs. After a 12-month pilot phase that began in April, a decision will be made on whether to expand the program. Ideally, people will stay in the 3D-printed shelters for about 90 days, after which new housing seekers can take over the space. A case manager will interact with residents daily to help them take steps toward permanent housing.

Chattanooga is open to building more 3D-printed shelters in other parts of the city, assuming the program is successful. The collaboration with Branch Technology demonstrates how innovative technologies like 3D printing can be used to develop practical and sustainable solutions to social challenges like homelessness.

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