PROJECT GOAL: Summers are scorching. Winters are freezing. People tend to forget about the homeless and the disproportionate effects of extreme weather. Few realize that they lack fans, heaters, or ways to dry out their wet clothing. Our goal: provide a low-cost, portable, and resilient product to help combat this inequity.
Homeless people are disproportionately affected by climate change, because they have no ability to simply get out of the heat or dry clothes when they get wet in the snow. The combination of cold and wet is particularly dangerous and often deadly. The Climate Mitigator creates a drying chamber for clothes. With our device, clothes could be dried in the winter, leading to a decrease in hypothermia-related deaths and increase in overall standard of living for the unhoused in the Portland area. This multipurpose tool gives homeless people the ability to meet these needs on their own.