Can Tiny Houses Help Fix Homelessness?
This subject really touches home for me. I just saw on the news that some people in Malmö ( southren Sweden) want the homeless in a park evicted. The police said they hoped that they could persuade the homeless to leave voluntarily. The tv report showed that, The homeless have built shelters out of a pallet and a peice of metal siding as a make shift roof. They did not look like an eye sore to me. Others had made make shift tents out of tarps.
I personally find this a disgrace and blemish on Swedish society. The social system should assist these people. No one should be homeless and left outside of our society. They are trying to survive through a Swedish winter. I can’t even imagine what their lives must be like during the blizzards with hurricane force winds. The people who complained should have stated their concerns that there were homeless who need assistance and why haven’t they received assistance? 30 years ago to see homeless on the street was unthinkable. I am waiting to see what our government will do for these people.
Tiny houses crafted by artist Gregory Kloehn. They are long enough to sleep in. Photo: Brian Reynolds
In November 2013, June lived in a makeshift encampment of tarps and cardboard, squeezed between a road and a chain link fence in West Oakland, California. “It can happen to anybody, man,” he says of life on the street. “Up today, down tomorrow. That’s the way it goes.”
Come last winter, June upgraded from his ramshackle encampment to a pink wooden house with a tan door and shiny roof. The new house, which is just long enough for him to lie down inside, cost only $30 to build.
It’s one of about 25 colorful homes artist Greg Kloehn has fashioned from the massive amounts of garbage dumped illegally in Oakland—a city where a minimum wage worker would have to put in 150-hour weeks to afford a fair…
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