BROOKLYN - A first-of-its-kind housing complex intended to house those affected by natural disasters is coming to Brooklyn.
The Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype is a $1.5 million project funded by FEMA and New York City. It will be the first shipping container-based model of its kind and will house people either temporarily or permanently, should they be displaced from their homes following a disaster.
The model prototype at Cadman Plaza is expected to be completed this weekend. There are five units that can house about a dozen people.
The NYC Office of Emergency Management says it hopes to build more shipping container units and move them to any neighborhood that may need them after a disaster. The OEM says it hopes the project will serve as a model and eventually spread to cities across the country.