After doing some research, I believe that if the City of Los Angeles and Elvis Summers
get together...a new design for a tiny house will be created...hopefully one that will
please everyone (at least enough to allow the houses to exist). The tiny houses that I am
discussing here would be specifically for the homeless population.
Don't throw away a good idea, Mr. Mayor...embrace it! Meet with Elvis and his people
and let them work with you!
Elvis Summers has the kernel of a big dream, Mr. Mayor. Plant it and let it grow! Bring
in an architect and develop a plan.
Homeless shelters aren't the solution, anymore (they never really were). The City of
Los Angeles can build a Tiny House Village. And another. And another.
Please meet with Elvis, Mr. Mayor and talk this out. A city, any city, is only as strong
as its weakest link. Get rid of the weak link and opt instead for a strong solution.
LA TIMES: A TINY HOME IS BETTER THAN NONE
MIMI ZEIGER'S NEW BOOK: "TINY HOUSES IN THE CITY"
Elvis Summers has been building tiny houses for the homeless in Los Angeles. Elvis is truly a remarkable man. He went beyond the balderdash and started building. And each house (costing $1,200) came equipped with solar panels, a camp toilet and...this is the kicker...an American flag. See, Elvis cares about this Country and doesn't want homeless people to be alienated from their own Land. He wants to draw them closer to it.
No one put a gun to his head and told him to do what he has done. Nope. He just met a woman named Smokie and decided that she deserves dignity. So he obtained building plans and created his first tiny house. Then he gave it to her.
Eventually, the City of Los Angeles...deemed the tiny houses to be "boxes" and nothing more...and took many of them away. Elvis scrambled and pulled some of the tiny houses to safety. The City impounded the rest of those tiny pieces of The American Dream and is now refusing to give them back.
When I read the first story about Elvis and watched some of the videos, I got mad. I'm still mad. Because I know what is really behind the City's actions. And as sure as Charlie Sheen lives on Mulholland Drive, I
believe that the City of Los Angeles should give every single one of those tiny houses back to the original owners.
Then the City should allocate a plot of land where the houses can be placed and put forth the money to bring all of those tiny houses up to code. Tiny House Villages should be established across the Country. Do away with the overcrowded shelters and teach people how to maintain their own community. Empathy, Education and Empowerment are what we need now. And I just know that Elvis Summers is going to be at the head of that parade.
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