Local governments should set up permanent concentrated dwelling structures for homeless people in scattered areas (nooks and crannies) around both urban and suburban areas, such as on freeway embankments (or half buried in them), next to freeway on- and off-ramps, near railroad tracks or even on abandoned railroad track land, etc. The requirements for living in these units would be that a person must be homeless and without relatives or friends willing to take that person in to live with them.
These dwellings should be designed and constructed for durability, ease of cleaning, and aesthetic simplicity. They may be constructed similar to ‘Public Storage’ spaces, (side-by-side units) in order to take up less space and use fewer materials. Maybe there could be bunk units built on top of other units. All these units would be very small, just enough floor space for a small bed (a folding bed would make more space) and a small chair. Each unit would have one metered electrical outlet. Each unit would be about 7 feet tall from floor to ceiling, maybe 6 feet wide and 8 feet long. There would be a door at one end and maybe a small window at the other end, or maybe just the door could have a window. Communal restroom and shower facilities should be located at each homeless settlement, each user should be charged for each use, either financially or by banking their work.
Prospective tenants would have to promise to keep their own unit neat and clean, and commit to help keep the whole facility neat and clean. Each user would be required to clean the facilities they use after each use. Each tenant must agree to work fulltime in some task, even if it is just to provide as much time as necessary to keeping a certain number of city blocks free from litter, graffiti, and other aesthetic pollution. Failure to follow these rules would result in heavy fines and/or expulsion from living in such a place.
Each of these sites would have a fulltime supervisor on the premises to make sure everything is fine, the area is neat and clean, the residents are working when and where they are supposed to, that behavior standards are met, etc.