Elvis Summers, 38, met Irene McGee, 60, last September when she appeared at his Los Angeles apartment building looking for recyclable waste so she could exchange it for cash.
As they chatted, Summers discovered McGee has been homeless for over a decade since her husband died and sometimes the 60-year-old didn’t even have a blanket or a cardboard box to sleep in.
“I couldn’t ignore human suffering right next to me,” he says. “I can barely keep my own lights on, but when I saw that a 60-year-old woman was sleeping in the dirt, I went right to the hardware store and decided to buy the materials to build her a tiny house so she could at least have a warm, safe place to sleep instead of the dirt. It was more important than a couple of bills which I’m sure I can pay later and catch up on.”
Summers spent $500 on building a 3.5-by-8-foot house in five days. The house sits on wheels so it can be moved every 72 hours in accordance with city law.