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Democratizing high-end design for the masses from the Los Angeles-based housing manufacturer, Connect Homes, comes Connect Shelters, a new line of state-certified rapidly-deployable, single-module housing units using purpose-built steel frame modules, fully finished in the factory and ready to drop on any site with off-grid capabilities built-in at a price of $30,000 per bed/bathroom.

Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)


3 residents / 3 bedrooms

$30,000 / resident

Medium Term (1-10 years)

60 days offsite2 days onsite

Connect Homes, a leader in modern, green prefab homes, introduces Connect Shelters. This growing line of State-Approved shelter solutions was created to address spectrum of different housing needs — from temporary to permanent. These units can be quickly and inexpensively deployed, without requiring a foundation or in-ground utilities. With unmatched flexibility, function, and pricing, Connect Shelters take personal space seriously — sleeping units have the option of en-suite bathrooms. All rooms come equipped with separate mechanical systems. The Shelter Range comes with different ADA option and can be built out with kitchens. Ideal for Homeless, Educational, and Skilled Nursing facilities, these units can be deployed nationally and come with integrated iso-blocks to assist in ease of handling.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $80,000-90,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 3-4 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $20,000-30,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 320 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 3 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Not used as shelter yet
  • Readiness: Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed:  14 days – Can go from signed PO to shipping modules in under 60 days.
  • Setup Difficulty: Low skill (RV, tent)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Medium Term (1-10 years)
Design AdvantagesMany Shelter structures require substantial site work that can delay their implementation by months or years. Purpose designed to be able to “boondock” like a trailer, and offered in conjunction with a service contract with United Rentals, Connect Shelters provide a true “out of the box” solution to the problems of sheltering people in times of need. Because these shelters are built on the same assembly line as Connect Homes, they are among the most efficiently and best built structures in the industry. Connect Homes estimates to be able to build four of these shelters a day by September 2020. Note: Other floorplans with ADA units and kitchens are available.
Manufacturer IdentifiedYes
Used for shelter in the U.S.?No
Prior use examplesShelters can be used across multiple use cases where additional isolated sleeping/habitation units are required — these include temporary, permanent, and permanent temporary homeless shelters; additional dormitory overflow from boarding schools and colleges; and patient relocation for skilled nursing facilities.
Prior use comments
Building experience commentsConnect Homes runs one of the most advanced prefab factories in the industry. Homes and shelters are built on an assembly line that produces one 2,000 sf steel-framed house every six working days.
Intended use cases
R-value (insulation)31-40
Risk CategoryII
Roof Load (PSF)20
Indoor Clearance Height (ft)
Professional Engineer Stamp?California Register Architect
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses CodeUnits are approved based on ICC/IRC R2 code (permanent installation). Shelters come with approved and installed Fire Sprinklers. Units are capable of being temporarily installed, with off-grid utilities
Other Structural / Safety Comments
Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?Title 24 approved, CalGreen, Energy Star, Independently zoned heating and cooling, solar upgrade option.
Materials Used / Made of:Steel,wood,fiber cement,batt insulation, marmoleum, PVC, Aluminum, glass, FRP, drywall
Disassembly / Assembly Comments:Shelters cannot be disassembled. But can be moved or relocated with wheels, forklifts or crane.
Ideal Mounting SurfacesSoil (Dirt/Grass), Asphalt / Parking Lot
Anchoring ProcessNo Anchoring needed unless specified by Local Jurisdictions
ItemCost ($)Notes
Delivery$1,500per shelter
Setting equipment$1,500forklift set
Budget Total$90,000
Total Per Bed$30,000
Total Per Unit$30,000
Add-on ItemsDecks $4,500
Steps $400
Bed platforms $6,000
Check all items that are not included in your quote (i.e. would need to be quoted by outside party)Foundation work
List outside vendors needed to execute (including any architects and engineers)
Possible Delivery Method(s)Regular-sized trailer
Design (days)1
Production (days)10
Site Prep (days)1
Delivery (days)1
Total (days)14
Amount in Inventory (#)
Production Capacity
Production LocationSan Bernardino, CA, USA

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