Los Angeles (CBSLA) – There is another type of shelter for homeless residents after the Salvation Army teamed up with a new organization.
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Sheltersuit distributed their “Shelter Bags” on Thursday afternoon near Skid Row. The bags are portable waterproof protective beds that roll up into a bag for instant protection.
The bags also come with a sleeping bag and an integrated pillow that can accommodate an extra mattress or blanket.
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A flexible tent pole is also built into the hood to keep it upright for more space and better protection from the rain.
“We designed something that really helps them because they’re always on the move,” says Bas Timmer, founder of Sheltersuit. “When we showed them the product, they said, ‘Wow, we can really use it’ and it took about 15 minutes and we’d all given 50 away.”
Sheltersuit has distributed more than 12,000 items around the world and is now expanding to Los Angeles and New York City this year.
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Timmer started Sheltersuit in his native Netherlands after experiencing firsthand the effects of homelessness.