Hi. In the future I would enjoy getting chickens, but that is not why i am here. I wanted to come to the experts to ask a very important but possibly unasked question about chicken houses... Where I live on the Delmarva Peninsula, the chicken industry is huge with plants from Mountaire, Purdue and Allen's Chicken Plants. There are many long commercial chicken houses here and some are empty. We also have a good sized population of homeless people. Being that we are a farming community, There are not the resources to help people who have lost their homes or who have mental problems that have rendered them jobless and homeless. In the county where I live, there is only one documented homeless shelter. So, my big idea is that during this very cold weather we are having, I would love to be able to get the homeless into a shelter of sorts where they can warm up and sleep nights. We call them Code Purple centers. How about cleaning up and transforming a commercial chicken house into a Code Purple center??? I have searched the internet and no one else seems to have asked this question or attempted this before. I have heard of turning the commercial houses into auto repair shops and even a storage facility and "home gym" but not human habitation. Is this doable? If so, any information you can give me would be so helpful. I am thinking an open center with a wood stove or 2 for heat and a place for showers as well as a small kitchen for food prep. Can a chicken house become habitable and if so, what would one need to do? I would have very little problem getting church groups and several lumber companies, etc to come on board for clean up and renovation. Thank you for your time. I had asked the administration if i could post and they felt that I should take advantage of expert advice and opinion here.