LA Returning the Tiny Houses It Took from the Homeless

Last year, South LA resident Elvis Summers built a tiny house for a homeless woman in his neighborhood using simple materials he bought from Home Depot. The heartwarming story captured lots of attention, and was even written about in People. It led Summers to start a crowdfunding effort to help build and distribute miniature homes throughout the city to shield homeless residents from the elements. He ended up raising close to $100,000 and the small, colorful homes began popping up on overpasses and sidewalks around LA. That is, until the city confiscated them in February.

Citing health and safety concerns, City Councilmember Curren Price asked sanitation workers to seize the 37 houses Summers had constructed (though he was able to remove eight before they could be taken). Not surprisingly, taking houses from the homeless didn’t go over very well with the public, and now the city has decided to return the units to Summers. According to the LA Times, Summers will get his houses back over the next two weeks, but he’ll need to find a new place to put them…

One Response to LA Returning the Tiny Houses It Took from the Homeless

  1. Anon says:

    Thank God they are being “returned”, for certain..

    but you mean to say, the city can not offer a say place to locate them, so some folks can get off the street? Absurd and obscene.

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