The Conestoga Hut Micro-Shelter is a quick shelter option for individuals and couples who are experiencing homelessness. The Hut is designed as a hard-shelled, insulated tent structure that can be built with a group of a few volunteers with a wide-range of construction experience.
Key features of the standard Conestoga Hut are:
- 60 sq. ft. of interior space
- 20 sq. ft. of covered porch space with rain-fly option
- Overall dimensions are 6’ wide by 14’ long by roughly 8 ft tall (inside height is approx. 6’ from floor to ceiling)
- Lockable Door (30” wide) and Window (2’X3’)
- Insulated floor, walls, and roof
- Modular design that can be assembled, disassembled, and refurbished
- Simple design uses a minimum of materials to achieve a safe, temporary shelter option
- Interior materials are mold resistant
Conestoga Huts are not designed to keep people as warm as one would experience in a conventional style dwelling, though they are warmer and more substantial than sleeping in a recreational tent or unprotected in the elements. CSS general philosophy is that we provide shelters that offer a basic level of security and relief to people, in a timely manner, that are cost-effective and durable. If a person sleeps outside in freezing weather without any protection they are at risk of frost bite and losing limbs, but within a sleeping bag within a Conestoga Hut one will be warm enough to avoid personal damage from inclement weather.
“I had heard about the Huts, had seen them from a distance but I had never been in one. Once I got it, I was like, ‘Wow, this is like a castle.’ It really is. Just to be able to stand up in the morning, simple things like that, it really is a Godsend. As simple as it it’s built, I thought, ‘Wow, this could really go a long way, to help a lot of people.'”
— Patrick, former hut resident