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i build everything with truth because i make a lot of mistakes. and it's easy to back out your mistakes in compton south central l.a. a pint sized idea has been a battle with city off already. when you have nothing in order to go. you know having something like this may as well be a castle. the mayor of los angeles has declared the city is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. overseas trying to solve it one tiny house at a time the tiny house idea is very simple it's shelter. food water and shelter are not optional they're required for human survival so it's a. temporary solution and like the first stone a foundation if you will to helping people who are homeless.
according to these cheap and portable tiny homes meant to be on the streets of l.a. . and they need to fix. but right now they're not moving anywhere because city authorities banned them so they used to belong to somebody yeah yeah. and now they're being used no now they've been sitting here for a better part of a year collecting dust. and people are you know struggling and suffering. so yeah it's really sad i mean it's you know this is human life here you know. los angeles authorities have accused his tiny homes of threatening public safety but has seen the tiny house movement go viral online with support coming from right across the world so with the help of internet crowd funding he's going rogue once completed they all have new carbon pads. alarms on the windows i put the vents these holes in
the top you know it's really hot summer here so that way the heat all rise and go out in the city of angels elvis isn't considered one by the powers that be. but to the homeless he's one of the few struggling to get them off the streets i don't quit and i don't give up and i definitely don't bow down to bullies people need shelter now if i have to build a tiny house for every last person until i'm five hundred years old then that's what i'm going to do. elvis is building his next house for a woman who braved. a few people that live. ravens living on the top next to a freeway. from say.
the situation much worse than when. this is already on a service. raven's been on and off the streets most of your life. yeah sure after fleeing home when she was just thirteen. she once had a time since the city of st she's been out here. tired after getting. pretty well. pretty light. when they do and. elvis is worried by the state but this communal camp and he. to buy raven
a tent until he can build her a new tiny house so we're going to have a tent and our rendezvous back to you guys in a little while. alone . opens up about a situation. it's been a struggle. and. the city always kicks us out from the state it'll stay clean those. who want to costly move their stuff every day. ravens out here because she feels emergency shelters are overbooked or unsafe but city law was designed to move these camps on. and as a phone queue she receives a visit. all right.
boys said we got to. get him about this by saturday. elvis is. brave and he's given orders. she's running out of places to go they want everybody downtown the way but one section. it's not going to happen we're trying to scatter branch out. to try to get away from downtown they wired by downtown what six downtown skid row . the worst place in history to be homeless downtown. if you're homeless and l.a. city lewis to keep streets clear give you two choices. keep moving.
to grow. this is the only place that you can sit up a tent without the city forcing belief. but elvis is tiny homes aren't allowed here . skid row is. unlike anything else in the united states. i call it the worst manmade disaster in the u.s. . are you. doing ok. and he fails runs a big emergency shelter in the middle of skid row would you like to be seen the numbers of women seeking help in a trip home in just a year what you mean can't daedra place to meet you unless you got pretty eyes. and he's on crutches because last year he lost a leg to the flesh eating bacteria that exists here still every day he's out
inviting new arrivals to his shelter because he knows just how bad it gets more than two thousand people on the streets forty nine square blocks of skid row it's the worst that we've ever seen. just a good idea you really need to look down that street there's not one open spot or summat sidewalk. for half a mile down that way. elvis is tiny houses designed as an option to avoid sleeping on skid row. because he is the increasing numbers of women and children a sleeping alongside drugs crime and the mentally ill. and police are the only source of protection starts a pretty constant ending yes day and night. for maintaining order here can be struck running with.
commanders running with us through this. spend one night every once in a while and streets and i can't sleep because it's so dangerous and you just stay alert rats are running around running over people running in their trance and often people get beaten or assaulted or raped and that in effect can damage your health pretty quickly. so i'm all for tiny houses but there has to be restroom facilities and shower facilities because otherwise we're putting people in treacherous living conditions just as if they're living in a tent. and this is why and the shelter keeps an open door policy but he's struggling to keep up with demand i can see right here right across the city
shelters are full up many have to turn people away the simple fact in l.a. is there's just not enough shelters there are not enough beds forty seven thousand people experiencing almost this and there are about twelve thousand shelter beds or transitional housing beds even if people on the streets right now decided to come in there's nowhere to come in there's no place to go. with limited access to emergency shelters and low cost housing life on the streets in l.a. is an endless game of cat and mouse. because the city is charged with keeping the streets clean morning everybody this department of sanitation crew is about to move through the homeless encampments of skid row. watch out watch out for hazardous materials watch out for human waste. industrial operations
like the. daily across los angeles to keep the streets clear the homeless to be constantly on the move. we are here every day in skid row every street is clean once every two weeks so this cycle that's the big effort we're doing. think it's essential is essential to the city's. center of the city's growth and also the city's image this team will put more than five tons in the gadgets truck today anything they deem to be unsanitary. most of it will be rubbish but some of it will be people's tents and the few positions. that. have brought a. waste
. of the city gives advance notice of the cleanup but not everyone gets the message and today there are so many lucky ones now that. you're asking to. they like it because repeating i mean if you want to. live in the street you want to live if we sidewalk decide to value a loss leader. but the city's focus on keeping the streets clean means further instability when you're living on them. it's also one of the main reasons elvis is tiny houses a band playing to hampering operations like this. you know way it's the suburban it down on the street. if you're going to see conditions to live it so we basically the city has. germination dead those should
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a. that it's make. later that day right back can't. it made a mess that took the phrase they basically did the thing. and find out that getting your belongings can get up to the state. property just destroyed it. and if i ask you. i know that. take you in the midst of. you know. this it will be the rules to be tempted away from the driveway. to tennessee be down from sixty nine. and this is rainy. and a seventy two hours to move most o.
. christine is new to the streets priced out of the winter she's desperately trying to get back. she says money by collecting psychosis. but the authorities just take an entire week's work to do the recycle bin. this is my body like it. like it to be if it does to get a treat. the city's clean up means that christine will be out here even longer. for anything for was matter. to take into the tent. now is a. l l o. for
many homeless people in l.a. a lack of affordable housing makes it almost impossible to get off the streets. liston three percent of the city's rental market is vacant. we walk around most of the night and then christine shows me something breaking. this is the famous the house. that i called my home. and other memories here in. so that was home this is home for me. this is home. that's all to cheer in.
which is god's timing that mike. and keep that in mind. this is my back. don't be a stranger ok. well this is tiny homes could help people like christine until they get back on its feet back in compton the pressure is on for them to finish raven's tiny house. but he still needs to locate a place we can put it some way the city clean up one easily find these are just two of over eight thousand watts the city controls. but. often stuff more love is not allowed. and while
searching he gets a call from raven with an unexpected update. you know right now from your son. yeah i'm pregnant. why are there more of them. hard grind after all the old way over it our time great here and i have my life together elvis is already worried about reagan but he must to some enthusiasm i will listen i gotta run right now but i'll call you back later that's that's great news we have to celebrate. and i want to. i want to jump for joy and like cry this and on like. this is how quickly a change in circumstance can see your life go from bad to worse when you're on the street.
when the stakes raised her tiny house i want to see how ravens coping with the news of her pregnancy. despite getting orders to move she's still here at the same campsite look. you know want to know. where they're. a little concerned regarding the conditions. living at this time i got a lot of business to take care of. don't know if i'm having the time taker but i was amazed because i. like. getting off the streets.
but getting off the streets is difficult for even. we talk more and she reveals the devastating level of violence she fled as a kid we did she live. i was listed as a juvenile runaway. my dad. my dad been in prison. basically we had no choice but to grow up before we were time. raven's had to learn to be tough. but she's right on the edge. like more and more americans take here. she's trips deep in the cycle of long term
homelessness. with no immediate way of getting out. when your life is the size of a teen can be a powerful tool. it's almost delivery day and with the news that raven's pregnant elvis is adding a special finishing touch to her tiny house. so i'm ok with. just a little something to help her feel better and you know help her feel like she's got a nice guy to look at. elvis knows how important little details like this can be he's watched too many people lose hope on the streets since the city forced me to take houses away from people three people have died mainly due to being stuck out in the elements and not having anywhere to go so it's criminal. picture smokey sitting in the doorway of her her tiny house one of the people who died was
his close friend smokey who received the very first tiny house new year's morning i found her dead in somebody else's tent not even her own because the city took that to. so. it's pretty simple without shelter people die. it's been a few months but. was a good person and she was my friend. inside city hall the pressure is on to create more housing the city has approved a multi-billion dollar strategy to help homeless but it will take ten years to build ten thousand new units which is. officials refused to embrace elvis's tiny for me a tiny house on a. parking space is not
a solution we're doing at this service to those individuals who stayed in these tiny homes without the out of but if a structure in place city council. opposed tiny houses in his district because of concerns from angry residents. someone wanted turning the site otherwise it'll be a free for all it'll be sex drugs and rock'n'roll and. they would absolutely have to have some rules and. see. if they are here why put these guys back with elvis and the city is clear and yet again this time even in christine's camp right now that load open up there was a show. that's considered so it's going.
almost christine's belongings are taken by the department of sanitation but residents not around so only christine is here to see it they say you know it well i mean do you get rock bottom. he did not run five every year. all that money spent. you could spend half of that and give these people a place to go but instead they're treated like. with ravens camp demolished most of her positions gone and with a baby on the way elvis must deliver her tiny house before nightfall to close with him. i finally found a suitable location for ravens tiny house in a quiet area mostly industrial. affect anybody.
elvis and raven hoped this part of downtown l.a. away from skid row would be safe from the authorities. with already he's must continue to keep l.a. streets clean days finally. for the tiny house delivery feeling very good by a very. good life drama but it's going through a lot of hardship. so this tiny house the suburban house. after the week that she's had and everything she's gone through on top of being pregnant it's more important now that she gets the house because i don't think she can go much longer with not getting any rest. you really feel if. i do. think.
i think. i'm going to think that. most things i do in life are out of principle. i was taught that somebody falls down you pick them back up. that's what we should do in life. to remember that day when you know you know. you called me and said. you know people sit on the back porch. look at the stars so i was looking up at the tar hey i have to see you sit another good tired but look at the stars it's got a magic little bit. so finally raven gets her own private space. and hopefully the first time in over a year it could not sleep and you think it's going to last. that was said to say with us forever i wish it could last forever but.
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