Elvis Summers was tired of seeing homeless people in his Los Angeles neighborhood hurting. So when a 60-year-old homeless woman nicknamed "Smokie" knocked on his door day after day, asking for recyclables she could exchange for cash, Summers went the extra mile. He built her a house.
Using scrap wood and other spare materials, Summers set to work constructing a small shelter, a place that would let Smokie sleep with more comfort than where she had been — the dirt.
In less than a week, Summers had completed the small home, built on wheels, so that it can be moved every 72 hours in compliance with local police policy.
When asked about the project, or if he planned to make a profit off his efforts, Summers said he isn’t motivated by money or fame but just wants to help another human being.
“I’ve met so many homeless people, good people,” he said as quoted on theladbible.com. “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.”
When Summers handed over the house keys to Smokie, he also presented her with a cellphone, just in case she needs to get hold of him. Summers is also now planning to make this project bigger and influence more of the homeless in Los Angeles.
Check out the video of Summers constructing the house below:
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