HOMELESS GET SMALL HOUSES

Posted by Judy Cholfe on Monday, May 5, 2014 Under: Just So You Know

HOMELESS GET SMALL HOUSES

BUILDING SMALL HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS — 05/05/2014

Happy Monday to you. Just gorgeous outside today, so of course, I was out in the garden pretty much for most of it, getting rid of the dead fall debris. I have been itching to do so……There are oads of bulbs coming up and have more to put in….(Not today, though)!

I found this wonderful article from Viral Nova, about an artist, “Gregory Kloehen”. It was something I found most heart-warming, and had to share……..


"I’ve Seen People Turn Garbage Into Some Cool Stuff. But THIS…. This Is Absolute Brilliance."


Gregory Kloehn goes dumpster diving, but not for the reason that most people would think. He isn’t homeless. In fact, he is an artist from Oakland that is trying to help the homeless and develop his craft at the same time.

Instead of building sculptures that he would sell to rich people to add to their massive homes, he decided to focus his efforts on helping house the homeless population in California.
Gregory digs through illegally dumped trash and goes dumpster diving.
Gregory Kloehn

He uses what he collects to build small, one room shelters for the homeless.
Gregory Kloehn

And his homelessness project is getting attention.
Gregory Kloehn

Not only from the media, but from the people he helps as well.
Gregory Kloehn

The “little homeless homes” are about the size of the sofa.
Gregory Kloehn

But, something that small can mean the world to someone living on the streets.
Gregory Kloehn

Each of the homes are built with a pitched roof, so rain will run right off of them.
Gregory Kloehn

They also have wheels, so their owners will be able to wheel them around if they need to.
Gregory Kloehn

The foundation he usually uses are discarded wooden pallets.
Gregory Kloehn

At first, as an artist, he made sculptures.

Gregory Kloehn

But peddling his creations got old.
Gregory Kloehn

Since he focused on housing, Gregory knows what he creates is being used.
Gregory Kloehn

A homeless woman he knows well, Wonder, raves about what he does.
Gregory Kloehn

The small shelter Gregory built for her was the best house she’s had in 5 years.
Gregory Kloehn

He published a book titled “Homeless Architecture.”
Gregory Kloehn

His focus seems to be on helping them build homes…
Gregory Kloehn

Even when they don’t have a conventional “house” to work with.
Gregory Kloehn

At first he was just building tiny homes to sell.
Gregory Kloehn

One day, a homeless man came by his studio asking for a tarp.
Gregory Kloehn

All Gregory had was a tiny wooden frame he was working on, equipped with a built-in kitchen, water tank and a small trap for human waste.
Gregory Kloehn

He then realized… it was a home that this man could use.
Gregory Kloehn

Someone could use it and it would change their life.
Gregory Kloehn

He can’t build houses for all of Oakland’s homeless.
Gregory Kloehn

However, he doesn’t intend to stop building any time soon.
Gregory Kloehn

He’s thought about starting classes, teaching others how to make them. “A lot of people who hear about what I’m doing want to get involved,” he said. “Maybe we meet someplace and put a couple homes together.”
Gregory Kloehn


This artist uses trash to change people’s lives. It’s absolutely brilliant. If more people could learn how to create these tiny homes for others, the impact could be huge. Strangers have come forward on his Facebook page to donate money to what Gregory is doing.

This is the kind of idea that should catch on. People’s lives could be changed forever.

There is always a way to re-use someone else’s trash, and there is always someone that can find a purpose…….

Well, enjoy the great weather that we will be having for a couple of days…..Until next time, Judy

Contact me if you would like to set up an appointment, or have questions you require answers to, at (705)727-6282 or jcredesigns@gmail.com……
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