October 22nd, 2010
11:33 AM ET

iReport challenge: #BeAHero for the homeless

Editor's Note: Learn about the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 and vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at CNNHeroes.com.

Today’s “Be A Hero” challenge comes from a story by CNN’s Christopher Dawson on ‘out-of-the-box’ shelter solutions for the homeless.

As Dawson writes, when the weather turns cold, there are always pleas from shelters for blankets and warm clothes to help homeless people.

But some iReporters have come up with less predictable ways to help the homeless.

Tina Hovsepian devised an origami-style shelter out of cardboard that can be easily folded and carried. Another group in California, Everyone Deserves a Roof, has come up with a four-wheel pushcart that transforms into a one-person tent at night.

Have you helped make a positive change in the lives of those who need shelter? Share your story about how you can be a hero for the homeless in the comments below, Tweet about it with the hashtag #BeAHero or submit an iReport to CNN’s Impact Your World.

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  1. CAPS

    We should clear up some of these rich selfish land-covering golf-courses and build very cheap efficency homing for people in need instead of tossing blankets down alleyways and letting these overpaid arrogant chumps take up hundreds of acres of land to hit a 2-inch ball around.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. LmD

    Agree!! Most stupid American's would rather waste their $ by sending it to corrupt countries like Haiti and corrupt orgs like the Red Cross. Why don't you dumb $€¥£ help the homeless in our own country? Feel better not knowing your $ never makes it overseas? Gawd you so called do gooders make me sick! What, not enough American ophans to adopt and make yourself feel better? Get a clue people! American's need help here at home! Save an American, starve a foreigner!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cheryl Dwyer

    here's a thought...whenever we eat out, which isn't very often, we have our entree divided in half, and have it put in a 'doggie' bag. We hand it off to people waiting, begging on the street. Something small, yes. Stupid, maybe. But something, to try to help feed a hungry soul with no strings or judgement involved. There, but for the grace of God, go I...

    October 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cede

    I agree! It's a crying shame we ignore our own. Boxes that fold, push carts? Well, they may be helpful at the moment and we should be thankful to those people for these inventions. We need more of them. Why? Because, unfortunately, the arrogant rich, etc. aren't going to change their ways in time for the victims (of such gross narcissism) to get a roof over their head...There are multimillion dollar mansions near where I live that no one lives in. They are 2nd, 3rd, homes...How do THEY sleep at night?? So, we should be thankful to those (who can't change the golf courses and the selfish rich) until we can find better people to run our country...Wake up America, wake up! We need to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to the voices of OUR people.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james chastain

    Help the homeless and we will heal the nation.this should not be a back burner project.

    October 23, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brad Jensen

    I am trying to be a hero for the homeless by providing the homeless in Detroit with cold weather military surplus items such as extreme weather boots, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, etc. pruchased in bulk from military surplus auctions. Vote for my idea at http://www.refresheverything.com starting November 1st. Military surplus is cheap but well made and is ideal for the conditions faced by the homeless in the harsh weather conditions in Detroit Michigan. You can vote for my idea once per day for the month of November. It doesn't cost you anything and you can help save a life (and some fingers and toes) this winter.

    October 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |