Western Nevada College student welding homes for homeless


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    CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A student at Western Nevada College is helping the Northern Nevada housing crisis by welding together shipping containers.

    Masih Madani has been studying housing development for the last four years. He said he wanted to build a project to help the large number of homeless people in the area.

    "One of the issues I came across was the number of homeless out here," Madani said. "It was a significant number, and last year we had all that cold weather. I was quite surprised to see so many homeless, so I decided to do something about it."

    Madani needed welding to help build the containers. So he enrolled in a welding class to learn the one skill he needed to build a home.

    "Day after day, month after month, I welded," Madani said. "I learned how to do the one thing I didn't know how to do, which is cut and weld and work with steel."

    Each container will cost around $25-50,000. He is building two prototypes. He needs help from Reno and Carson City to help finish his project.

    "Right now I am looking for land, either through the city or through the county, to be able to put together a plan of action where we can produce hundreds of these," Madani said. "They are relatively easy to produce. We have it down to a science."

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