San Jose Leaders Look To Build ‘Pods,’ ‘Microhouses’ To Shelter The Homeless

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — A new idea is taking shape in San Jose to help the down and out get out of tents and doorways and into more sturdy shelters. The idea involves building new neighborhoods for the homeless with shed-sized buildings.

The high-end sheds at The Shed Shop in Fremont were never designed to house the homeless

“The most common use is a home office,” said Paul Johnston of The Shed Shop

But with sturdy doors and windows, two-by-four construction, insulation and built-in electrical wiring they could be very livable.

“These are made just like a little house would be made,” Johnston said.

And that’s the idea behind a new idea at San Jose City Hall to help the homeless.