He did it.
He saw the need and he just…did it.
Elvis Summers has an apartment in Los Angeles, California.
Irene Smokie McGee, a 60 year old homeless woman had been living in the dirt down the street from Elvis’ apartment.
Almost every morning, Smokie would visit Elvis to ask if he any recyclables she could have. Through these morning visits, they became friends.
Elvis, 38 yrs old, saw a news article one morning about a man in Oakland, California who has been making tiny houses out of scrap material.
Elvis knew what he needed to do!
He put off paying a few bills and bought the lumber and hardware to make Smokie a brand new shelter.
Taking him five days to build, Smokie now has a place to hang the sign, ‘Home Sweet Home, for the first time in ten years.
Smokie told ABC News she had been living on the streets since 2004, when her husband passed and she couldn’t afford their home any longer-
WHAT A TRAGEDY!
Imagine losing your spouse…and then the home you built together to go to the dangerous streets because you can’t afford your house!
This shouldn’t be happening!
With two locks and wheels to move the shelter, it cost around $500.
Elvis made this time-lapse video-
it’s really inspiring to see what one person can do when they are moved to do it!
Special thanks to Starting Human for this youtube video!
Elvis says,”I had nowhere to really build it, so I just built it in the street outside of my apartment…
The local LAPD cops have been super cool, and have told me they support it–as long as we move it to a different spot every 72 hours.”
“I’ve met so many homeless people, good people,” Elvis said in an email to the Good News Network.
“Since I built Smokie’s, I’ve had several people ask me to make them a tiny home and it’s turned into much more than just the one house I wanted to build.”
Elvis plans to get lighter and cheaper materials—without sacrificing the strength of the house—for the next round of houses.
Rick Sassen, branch manager at supply company Allied Building generously donated the roof shingles and cedar siding for Smokie’s house, the final items Elvis couldn’t afford on his own.
Sassen has promised to work out a deal on future building materials for the same project.
This has become something huge!
Since finishing Smokie’s tiny house,
Elvis has started MYTHPLA (My Tiny House Project LA)
“We are all human,” Summers said. “It could be somebody’s sister, grandmother, or somebody’s kids out there. “She was very grateful. She’s very sweet and she said ‘no one’s ever done anything for me.’ When I first met her, until now, she looks like a different person. She seems legitimately happy now.”
“I’d like to offer purpose to these people in need and hire them to build the houses with me. I’ve even set an appointment with LA’s Mayor Eric Garcetti to try and get his help,” said Elvis. “The city owns or controls many properties which are just sitting collecting dust and could be used, even temporarily, to help save lives.”
Qualifying for a free phone through the free phone program, Elvis has given his device to Smokie and helps her keep it charged.
She has been using it to contact her family.
“Now if I could just get her to stop using the radio on the phone so much, it wouldn’t always be dead and need charging so often,” he said laughing.
So, you see, Elvis Summers is an everyday hero…
An average person doing something extra-ordinary!
Please share this everywhere you can- on social media and email to spread the word..maybe you or someone you know will do the same thing!
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