02/23/2016 04:25 EST | Updated 02/23/2016 04:59 EST

Shipping Container Homes In Vancouver Could Help House The Homeless

Modular, movable, and miniature.

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VANCOUVER — Modular, movable and mini.

Those are the words that best describe Vancouver's latest approach to housing its homeless.

The city is on the hunt for a company to design a series of transportable housing units the size of a shipping container, aimed at getting people off the streets.

The units are to be about 150 square feet, with sleeping quarters and a washroom, and should also be able to stack together.

An initial site hasn't been chosen, but the design requires that the units be transportable, meaning they could be moved around the city as necessary.

A request for qualification says the city is soliciting between 30 and 40 units for early 2016, as well as 100 to 200 slightly larger units for longer-term temporary housing.

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