Target: Councilman Curren Price
Goal: Provide housing for the homeless people who had their makeshift tiny homes seized by the government.
City officials in Los Angeles have been seizing tiny homes, made by volunteers, from homeless people that have been living in these tiny houses under freeway overpasses and on streets. These people are now left with no other living options since their tiny houses are seen as illegal. Three of the shelters have been confiscated, and seven more are planned to be taken.
Elvis Summers and some volunteers built and placed 37 tiny houses all over South Los Angeles after receiving more than $100,000 in donations from an online campaign. Activists have touted the small houses as a safer alternative to having homeless people sleep on the streets.
Councilman Curren Price, who represents the area, requested that the houses be removed as part of a street cleanup. The houses are being impounded and then set to be destroyed. Summers said he feels the houses should just be given back to him rather than destroyed.
Taking one of the few safe options these people have and literally leaving them out on the streets with no other option is disgusting and immoral. Demand that officials provide housing immediately for these people left on the streets.
Dear Councilman Price,
You recently requested that tiny homes, providing shelter for homeless people in the area you represent, be seized and destroyed. It’s unbelievable that you could do this to innocent people and provide them with no alternative option than sleeping on the streets.
If you’re a representative for that neighborhood, shouldn’t you being taking care of all the neighbors in it? You took away the one safe shelter these people had, and now they’re left to deal with weather and dirty streets. I demand that you provide housing for these people immediately and give these tiny houses back to Elvis Summers, the man who built them.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Karim Corban