SmartHomes launch houses in attempt to ease homelessness problem

Smart Homes Co-founder and Chief Branding Officer Robert Cabrera (left) receives from San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa the county commendation for their housing project.
Ribbon-cutting attended to not only by company officials of SmartHomes but also by local San Mateo County local officials including members of the Daly City and South San Francisco City officials.

In response to the existing problem of affordable housing, Smart Homes launched their own version of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) at the Grosvenor Hotel in South San Francisco recently which was attended by local government officials, housing advocates, supporters and enthusiasts alike.

In the launch, two units were presented- a 40-footer and a 20-footer container van ADU units that Smart Homes hope with greatly ease the problem of affordable housing not just in South San Francisco but in the Bay Area and other nearby areas as well.

Sought to explain more of their ADUs, Smart Homes Co-founder and Chief Branding Officer Robert Cabrera described that SmarHomesADU are Accessory Dwelling Unit compliant homes made from shipping containers.


Cabrera cited the key differences with these structures from other housing units are that they are:


1) faster to make as there are many shipping containers globally and once shipped to job site it is much faster to complete for use than conventional construction, about half the time it would take to build with conventional building methods;


2) lower in cost as it requires less materials than conventional building methods;

3) green product as it is using existing materials that would otherwise pollute cities and also avoids the need for more lumber;


4) very durable which is second to none. They are earthquake and fire proof as these containers are build with steel and meant to take a beating.

“Our ADUs cater first to the residential market under the ADU law SB1069 which allows secondary dwelling units in homeowners’ backyards throughout California. Our ADUs are also for multiunit dwelling for government and non-profit projects for transitional and homeless housing. Because of the speed at which we can build an entire community with SmartHomes and at a much lower cost than conventional construction, we feel we can make a big dent on the homeless issues,” a confident Cabrera remarked.

Among the guests at the launch was San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa who described the SmartHomes ADUs as great with beautiful and functional interior.

“We know that California is in a housing crisis. So to have these ADUs have the laws changed in California to encourage this kind of building.  So hopefully we will be able to do it to solve the housing problem,” Canepa stated. “This provides the opportunity for folks to live and let’s remember we are in a crisis. This is a crisis in terms of housing and so there are many solutions and this seems to be practical one.”

Canepa also mentioned that there is a need to make sure that the people who grew up in San Mateo County can stay here and depending on what your income is, this sort of housing helps.

“We need to have supply. We know that throughout San Francisco and Alameda County people are living in their cars, RVs, etc.  So people need dignity to live in their homes and this is what ADU does,” believes Canepa who also awarded SmartHomes a commendation.  .

South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy welcomed the SmartHomes accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as an option for finding solution to homelessness.

Also present in the launch was South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy who shared that the homelessness problem in South San Francisco has been reduced over the years.

“We partner with local agencies such as: Safe Harbor, YMCA, Hip Housing are among the few that assist our residents (if needed). But in the issue of affordable housing, the problem is serious. Our City, among our neighboring cities, lack in affordable housing.  It is with the assistance of our state legislators and the passing of AB1505 that we local governments now have can require affordable units in new rental housing developments,” Normandy submits..

Normandy welcomed housing projects/ventures like Smarthomes ADU to help find solutions to the homelessness problem as Smarthomes ADU provides an option, although not the solution to their “affordable” housing issues.

“The option to provide housing for one’s own family or to allow family additional income & at the same time allowing a family the opportunity to stay close to home,” Normandy raised as a result of SmartHomes ADUs. “I wish the Cabera family the best with their new business venture with SmartHomes ADU.”