Portable Adaptive Dwelling (PAD)

PAD – short for Portable Adaptive Dwelling – is a prototype for affordably-built, secure and transportable housing for the homeless community. PAD is one of 14 submission for the Partners on Dwelling (POD) Initiative, intended to ensure those without homes can remain in their communities, and aimed at setting a nationwide precedent for how municipalities help those living on the streets transition into safe, stable homes.

SERA’s PAD was built for durability, with a wood-framed construction and steel-framed folding walls, and cedar cladding to withstand heavy Portland rains. Its folding assembly allows for expansion on site, with exterior walls designed for modification; residents can attach tarps and other materials to increase privacy, hang clotheslines, tapestries, etc., to add to their feeling of safety and ownership.

The interior is heated by a wood stove. There’s a sink for washing, a desk for meals and tasks, and secure storage for valuables under the bed.

PAD serves to restore dignity to its residents during their time of rebuilding. Its thoughtful design illustrates that houseless communities can be safe, beautiful, valued contributions to the neighborhoods they are set in. The cost of materials for a PAD is just under $4,500.

The POD Initiative is a joint effort of the Center for Public Interest Design and the Village Coalition. At the end of the year, each POD will become a home for a member of the community. Learn more.