How to buy a coat that turns into sleeping bag for homeless people

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How to buy a coat that turns into sleeping bag for homeless people

It could be life-changing (Picture: TEP/Maddie Toro)

A new coat that converts into a sleeping bag could make life a little easier for rough sleepers.

The jacket, produced by Detroit-based non-profit The Empowerment Plan, could help the thousands of homeless people who are forced to spend their nights on the streets.

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It’s water-resistant, durable, and fitted with special insulation materials donated by General Motors – making it particularly effective at keeping people warm and dry during the winter months.

And when it’s not being used, the coat can also be converted into an over-the-shoulder bag.

In order to produce the coats, which cost around $100 (around £80) each to make, TEP hire single parents from local homeless shelters.

They fold out into sleeping bags (Picture: TEP/Maddie Toro)

They fold out into sleeping bags (Picture: TEP/Maddie Toro)

It can then be rolled up into a bag (Picture: TEP/Maddie Toro)

It can then be rolled up into a bag (Picture: TEP/Maddie Toro)

As well as giving their employees a stable income, TEP helps them to find secure housing and regain their independence.

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The coats are then distributed to other homeless organisations at no cost to them.

While it’s not ideal for people to have to sleep on the streets, at least this way they will stay warm and dry until they can get into a shelter or, even better, more stable housing.

The Empowerment Plan hires homeless people and helps them get back on their feet (Picture: TEP/Guss Schmiege)

The Empowerment Plan hires homeless people and helps them get back on their feet (Picture: TEP/Guss Schmiege)

‘Since founding in 2012, we have provided employment to 30 people, assisted all our employees in permanently moving out of the shelter, distributed over 15,000 coats to homeless individuals across 39 US states and seven Canadian provinces, and impacted 75 children now growing up in stable incomes,’ TEP said.

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Although they mainly send their coats to US and Canadian organisations at the moment, they do have plans to expand globally.

To donate so they can make more coats and distribute them for free, click here.

Hopefully soon these potentially life-changing coats will come to the UK – but for now, if you see someone sleeping rough in the cold it is good to refer them to StreetLink. Learn how here.