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i build everything was true 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. in a battle with city authorities 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 to clear the city is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. is 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. . but right now they're not moving anywhere because city authorities banned them so used to belong to somebody yeah yeah. 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 himes 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 them. since i leave
these holes in the top you know it's really hot summer here so that way the heat will 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 called raven. a few people that live. ravens living under the top next to a freeway. and from safe.
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 violent home when she was just thirteen. she once had a time since the city street she's been out here so you do not. tired after getting. a pretty good life. but it would. bring the. elvis is worried by the state if this communal camp and he leaves to buy raven a tent until he can build her a new tie. the house so i'm going to have
a tent and our rendezvous back to you guys in a little while. alone present tense up about a situation. it's been a struggle. and. the city always kicks us now from the state it's us they cleave those. who want to costly move their stuff every day. to the. 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.
ali said we got to. get him about this by saturday. elvis. raven was given orders. she's running out of places to go they want everybody downtown they were but one section. it's not going to happen we're trying to get or branch out. to try to get away from downtown they want everybody downtown what six in downtown skid row. the worst place in history to be homeless downtown. if you're homeless in l.a. city louis 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 . skin roy is. unlike anything else in the united states. i call it the worst manmade disaster in the us. are you. doing ok. andy fails runs a big emergency shelter in the middle of skid row which i'd like to he's seen the numbers of women seeking help in a true home in just a year what you mean can't daedra place to meet you unless you've 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 here 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 yes day and night. for maintaining order here can be struck running with. a man running with. and just as fast. as 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 a full up many have to turn people away the simple fact in l.a.
is there's just not enough shelter 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 this happen daily across los angeles to keep the streets clear. forcing 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 . the big effort we're doing. i think is essential it's essential to the cities in the center of the cities become 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 about something. like. that the city gives advance notice of the cleanup but not everyone gets the message
today for some a lucky once out of. the year asked them to. they like it because repeated i mean if you want to. live in the street you want to live if we sidewalk decide to devalue the last. of the cities focus on keeping the streets clean things 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 waits in the suburban and then on the street. if you avoid my safe conditions to live it so we basically the city has been a determination that those should not be on this. it is true it's.
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later that day right back camp. they made a mess they took out of the phrase they basically did the same. and find out that getting your belongings keep it up devastate. our property just destroyed it. and if i ask you and. i know that. take you in the midst of. you know. this it will be the rules you had to be tempted away from the driveway. you didn't ask to 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 in time. she says money by collecting psychosis. but the authorities just take an entire week's work. at the recycle bin. this is my body i think. that i get to be a bit tough to get up street. the city's clean up means that christine will be out here even longer. for anything for was matter you. can 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 fake and. we walk around most of the night and then christine shows me something breaking. this is the famous grouse. that i called my home. now the memories you in. so that was how this is home for me. this home is four walls. that's all to cheer in. again. which is the god's timing that mike. says 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 their 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. for you all right now from your son. yeah i'm pregnant. it's more that i'm pregnant hard i'm a governor after all the old way over time great is here and i have my life together elvis is already worried about reagan but he must to some enthusiasm i will listen to i got to 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 of 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.
with the stakes raised for 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. 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 to. also makes me feel like. like. like getting off the streets.
but getting off the streets it's 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. five months pregnant with. murder. 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 keer. 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 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
they 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. so. 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. yet officials refuse to embrace elvis is tiny for me a tiny house on a parking space is not
a solution. were are doing that this service to those individuals who stayed in these tiny homes without the output infrastructure in place the city council. posed 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 i think they would absolutely you have to have some rules and price. see if they are here why put these guys out back with elvis and the city is clear intense yet again this time even in christine's camp right now that load open up there was a pristine show. that's considered a bulky items so it's going in the dumpster. almost christine's belongings are
taken by the department of sanitation residents not around so only christine is here to see it. they say you know you're welcome i mean to hit rock bottom he didn't run fight every year. you could spend half of that and get these people a place to go but instead they're treated. with ravens camp demolished most of her positions gone and with a baby on the way elvis must deliver her tiny house before nightfall. i finally found a suitable location for ravens' tiny house in a quiet area mostly industrial. affect anybody.
elvis and raven hope this part of downtown l.a. away from skid row will 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 very. good drop out it's going through a lot of hardship. so this tiny house the support. after the week that she's had and everything she's gone through on top of the in fragments 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 like 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 when somebody falls down you pick them back up. that's what we should do in life. to remember that you know you got things. you called me and said. you know people sit on the back porch. look at the stars. looking up at the tarp you know you have to see your city not look at the tar but look at the stars it's got a magic. so finally raven gets her own private space. and hopefully the first time in over a year you 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.
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