elvis summers

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Vinay Gupta (@leashless) tweeted at 4:56 AM – 10 Dec 2016 :

https://t.co/PBnUkL490g is why we don’t have hexayurts for the urban homeless in America. Well, that and the Umoja Village story. (http://twitter.com/leashless/status/807554512152129536?s=17)

and a-kamp47 and rebel architecture and iwan baan and living spaces and yes hexayurt …. and disobedience.. et al

This LA Musician Built $1,200 Tiny Houses for the Homeless. Then the City Seized Them.

28 000 homeless in la.. largest pop.. eric garcetti’s (mayor) bold 2 bn plan over next decade.. at time of announcement.. taking down tiny houses

2 min – i started building tiny houses because of a woman names smokie.. 62.. lives in my neighborhood..  trying to help neighbors who have fallen on hard times.. others came by and asked if i could build them one.. so i tried .. crowdfunding.. got 50 000 in first week.. total raised over 100 000…

homeless himself in his 20s.. elvis has built homes now for over 40 people…

4 min – tiny houses to be seized w/o prior notice… they wouldn’t let them get their clothes or their medications..

i had to evict two veterans.. who paid their ticket.. they shouldn’t be homeless period..

and..no one should

6 min – people that are pissed at ie: homeless/tiny house situation.. every right to be.. but re direct that anger.. my whole issue/cause.. is that something needs to be done right now

councilman: just a temp fix with a false sense of security  elvis: but to homeless who had escaped tents.. seemed like security.. after city’s sweep.. they were forced once again to call the sidewalk home

willie: officer said to me.. well get a job.. and i said.. will you help me get one.. i’m willing to work…   elvis: willie is an ex engineer

9 min – councilman on shelters as option… elvis describing them and why homeless choose not to stay there.. councilman: i’m not saying shelters are answer.. a temp step..

like tiny houses.. that homeless would actually use..?

elvis: you go out and spend many nights on the streets and be treated as a monster and then be given a warm place to stay.. tell me  you’re not going to call it a home

10 min – on taking tiny homes same time announcing 2 bn plan .. councilman: beginning to make a diff.. a diff that’s long overdue

elvis: everything that they’ve been doing.. just doesn’t work.. it’s just circles.. of bureaucratic.. holds .. and wait times.. and you know.. 40-50 yrs.. where’s the housing..?

putting people on hold ness.. B and b ness

mayor says plans to build over next decade.. but in mean time taking funds away from temp shelter..

11 min – on the vacant lots.. sitting for decades.. open them up.. open up a warehouse and stop chastising the homeless for collecting the good citizens’ garbage… encourage them.. give them a job doing it..

upcycling ness

12 min – councilman: we’re trying to come up w solutions.. ie: letting people stay in vehicles in parking lots

in may.. tiny houses that had been taken were returned.. with solar power systems missing.. on condition they be placed only on private property

mayor success.. voters approved on nov ballot a 1.2 bn bond to partially fund new permanent housing.. exactly a decade after the cities first 10 yr plan to end homelessness withered in 2006

mayor: no los angelian just live on streets.. although appreciate creative ideas.. can’t support ie: elvis summers tiny houses.. until the city has more time to study the issue

elvis: business as usual for me.. i’m going to keep building/helping these people.. if people want a beautiful/positive community.. you have to build one.. you can’t just sweep stuff under the rug and pretend it doesn’t exist… if i can’t get thru to the city to open their minds.. and create change with me.. i’ll do it myself them…and with all the support that i do get and everybody that does want to come and contribute.. i’ll get private land.. we’ll build small communities.. we’ll save these people’s lives..

disobedience ness

13 min – irene ‘smokie’ mcgee, first tiny house recipient, died nov 8 2016.. due to complications from infection.. she was 62

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Millions of people suffer and die every year because they don’t have the most basic necessities which should be freely available to them. Help us change that. Help us save lives and build tiny houses for the homeless. 

We have a simple mission: to give people in the world a safe place to sleep. While this should be a trivial quest in a developed country, without governmental support or social infrastructure that should be empathetic to those suffering, it can be incredibly difficult to create change. The Tiny House, Huge Purpose Charity aims to help communities develop sustainable, ecological, simple, easy-to-maintain systems to get shelter and services to everyone who needs it.


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