WHAT IS CARDBORIGAMI?
Cardborigami is a non-profit organization that has developed an innovative approach to alleviating homelessness due to poverty or natural disaster.
Our Purpose: to provide a temporary means of survival with a strong emphasis on situating individuals in our program in permanent housing.
Our Mission: Provide the homeless with (1) temporary shelter while we work with strategic partners to relocate them and (2) jobs manufacturing these shelters. Our vehicle for accomplishing this is our versatile, portable shelter unit.
Our Product: A fold-able shelter that provides instant privacy and weather protection for those who have none. These shelters are water-resistant, flame-retardant and recyclable. The shelter itself is sustainable because it is manufactured locally and, after the life of the shelter, can be easily recycled.
Construction of one shelter requires only 30 minutes and two people with no further assembly needed. It opens or closes in less than a minute and can be quickly folded back into a size that is easily transportable by a single person.
The Problem: The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) counts over 58,423 homeless in Los Angeles County in 2013, of which only 26% have access to shelter. Being forced to live in the streets of Los Angeles, often times with small children or serious disabilities, these people have been stripped of their dignity and of humanity itself.
1. Uniting the best of design and humanity, inspiring collaboration and directing resources toward the alleviation of the problem of homelessness.
2. Self-sustaining financial support of the population we serve through the sale of our shelters for disaster preparedness and relief.
3. Directing profits toward funding our homeless aid efforts and thereby minimizing reliance on grants and donations.
4. Aiding the transitional process of relocating and maintaining permanent housing and successfully re-integrating homeless individuals into society.