Tackle Homelessness With 3D-Printed Homes

Target: Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Matthew Doherty

Goal: Solve America’s housing crisis by using 3D printing technology to construct new homes for the homeless.

A collaboration between a construction tech company and non-profit has resulted in the creation of a 800-square foot domain built in under 24 hours. Both New Story and ICON technologies are dedicated to combating homelessness via 3D printing technology. Together in 2018, they manufactured the large-scale Vulcan printer responsible for erecting America’s first permitted 3D printed home in Austin, Texas. Priced at around $4,000, the structure is being applauded for its promise to counteract homelessness across the world. In 2019, the companies will make over 100 homes in El Salvador.

Today more than a billion people on Earth don’t have access to adequate and safe housing. With the homeless population staggering around 500,000 in the United States, the remedy to America’s housing crisis also lays in 3D printing innovation. Economically segregated communities would achieve newfound levels of financial stability with higher levels of home ownership. Support the revolution in homebuilding while ending homelessness by pressuring the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to invest in 3D printing technology.


Dear Mr. Doherty,

Homemaking will never be the same after the New Story non-profit and ICON tech company assembled a 800-square foot home in less than 24 hours with the Vulcan 3D printer. After successfully launching the prototype in Austin, Texas, the machine has proven its abilities to build low-cost single-story homes that are efficient and designed to revitalize communities. Part of organizers’ mission is to stimulate jobs through training people to operate the machinery. By adopting a similar approach, your agency could eradicate homelessness in the United States.

This should be big news for you considering that your committee exists to prevent and end homelessness. With shelters underfunded and subsidized housing undergoing extreme changes, more impoverished Americans are deprived of stable housing than ever before. Imagine a society where citizens wouldn’t be filing for bankruptcy or defaulting on their mortgages if they owned their own homes for a fraction of the original cost. Recognize the potential in providing long-term housing solutions to America’s most disenfranchised and invest in 3D printing technology.


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  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop homelessness and give them a shelter. overdevelopment is the cause of homelessness and ecocide.

  2. NO ONE SHOULD BE HOMELESS unless by choice. Everyone deserves to have a safe place to live, protected from the elements & feel safe in. This sounds like an awesome idea & should be promoted for all people especially the homeless.

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