Students design portable housing option for the homeless

CHICAGO — At Horizon Science Academy, a class of middle school students wanted to do something impactful for their final class project. They designed and built a itty bitty house on wheels, designed to provide refuge for someone living on the streets.

The 3' by 8' shelter is sturdy, insulated from the cold and capable of being locked from the inside. The final step was attaching wheels and a hitch to the back of a bike so the whole home was portable.

"We wanted some basic elements...like a window, full door and locking mechanism so it would be comfortable and they'd at least have a little safety," student Demitrius Murphy said.

They know their portable home won't help everyone but hope their design may inspire other to do more. Teacher Peter Legrand says it's just another example that kids voices and ideas do matter.

"I always tell them, 'change the world'. And they have absolutely done that," Legrand said.