Shipping containers for temporary & emergency housing

Temporary Emergency Housing

We specialize in selling and renting modified steel shipping and storage containers for temporary and emergency housing. We do not make permanent residential housing containers. You can view our wide selection of offerings via our menu or call us at 1-800-686-9114. You can also use our quick quote form.




The CONNEX, or shipping container, was invented over 50 years ago, and since then has revolutionized the world trade industry. These containers are nearly indestructible because of the solid framework making them resistant to mold, termites, fire, and rodents. These containers are so multi-functional that they now have become a great alternative to housing. In today’s society, we now worry about “Being Green” and focus more on water conservation, energy efficiency, and sustainable and chemical free building materials because of their minimal environmental impact. Much research has been done showing that structures made from modified shipping containers and metal bins are made of about 75% recycled materials when measured by the building weight.

Because of these facts, it is no surprise that these ISO containers have become a popular choice for prefab construction with their structural integrity and ability to provide a sustainable and environmentally friendly edifice. Southwest Mobile Storage specializes in the modifying and fabricating of ISO containers into many different structures. These include multi-unit offices, housing complexes, fire and SWAT training structures, single-unit military base camps, etc. Our containers are affordable, portable, and aesthetically pleasing, and can be modified to include a range of options. SMS can design and build mini-offices, or mobile double-wide custom workplaces. We build to your specifications and will install on site. Our two fabrication plants are in Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. All work is done in-house and we have a team of licensed and certified engineers, welders, electricians, etc. to ensure the highest level of workmanship and quality.

Our Green Technology includes:

  • Mechanical – energy recovery ventilation systems, on-demand water heaters, low water toilets, and efficient plumbing fixtures.
  • Electrical – energy efficient appliances.
  • Insulation – ceramic insulated paint, dual paned windows, and chemically stable and flame retardant spray foam insulation. Our interior and exterior finishes are nearly limitless and include low VOC paints, and recycled products.

Here are just a few of our very satisfied clients:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • Arcata Associates
  • Mountain Empire School District, CA
  • GE Energy Services