Winter is inevitably the most excruciating time of the year, but most of us are fortunate enough to throw on a North Face or a sweet pair of Timberlands when the weather gets rough. However, this isn't always the case. In Detroit, there are over 20,000 homeless people on the streets, and with no overnight shelters available, the homeless population have nowhere to go.

Veronika Scott, a young fashion designer from Detroit has come up with a brilliant idea to design a coat that could double as a sleeping bag. This durable and heavy-duty coat is made of water, wind and air resistant polyethylene to guarantee warmth. In addition, Veronica's classmate Michael Forbes has designed the Ulterior Survival Bag, which transforms into a boot. Hopefully we'll get to see these young designers' projects for the homeless continue to develop in the years to come. [NY Times]

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