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This Artist Turns Trash Into Homes For The Homeless
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Architecture, Recycling8 years ago

This Artist Turns Trash Into Homes For The Homeless

Gregory Kloehn is a kind-hearted and crafty artist in Oakland, California who had the brilliant idea of creating small mobile homes for homeless people out of reclaimed and recycled materials found on the street. He began his Homeless Homes Project when he realized that he could apply his creative ideas and construction skills to help people in need.

The first step is when Kloehn goes dumpster-diving in an industrial Oakland neighborhood prone to illegal waste dumping. He selects parts for his practical portable houses and puts them together out of whatever he finds – the foundations can be cargo pallets, the door can be a refrigerator door, and the windows can be anything – even laundry machine doors. Every sofa-sized tiny home is built on wheels so that it can be pushed around and has a slanted roof so that rain rolls right off. Otherwise, each home is different – one might have a mirror and another might have shelves or cup.

What’s important, however, is that each one puts a roof over a homeless person’s head – however small that roof might be. Kloehn has enlisted the help of volunteers and even youth from a local high school to help build his creations. To donate to his cause or help out, be sure to visit his website.

Source: homelesshomesproject.org | Facebook | seenimages.com (h/t: huffingtonpost)

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RobynReed
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a fabulous idea, providing great little houses for the needy and also recycling the materials that would otherwise have become landfill

andreso
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like to have the time and money to become a helpful artist

ElisaSantana
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually interviewed the artist that builds these homes and he said they are very inexpensive because mostly all of the materials are either donated from people in the city or found in the dump. He also told me this isn't the only thing he does because he has to bring in an income like everyone else. He said these homes take about a day if he has nothing planned for that day but to build the homes for the homeless

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VickiCornell
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine walking around seeing these little colourful cubby houses all over the roads!

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RobynReed
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a fabulous idea, providing great little houses for the needy and also recycling the materials that would otherwise have become landfill

andreso
Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like to have the time and money to become a helpful artist

ElisaSantana
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually interviewed the artist that builds these homes and he said they are very inexpensive because mostly all of the materials are either donated from people in the city or found in the dump. He also told me this isn't the only thing he does because he has to bring in an income like everyone else. He said these homes take about a day if he has nothing planned for that day but to build the homes for the homeless

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VickiCornell
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine walking around seeing these little colourful cubby houses all over the roads!

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