tv Documentary RT December 26, 2017 8:30am-9:00am EST
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 author 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 is to the city is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. is trying to solve one tiny house at a time the tiny house idea is very simple it's shelter. food water shelter are not optional they're required for human survival so it's a. temporary solution. like the first stone foundation if you will to helping people who are homeless. according to elvis 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
already banned them. used to belong to somebody yeah. and being used no now they've been sitting here for the 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. los angeles authorities have accused his tiny himes of threatening public safety but elvis has seen the tiny house movement go viral online with support coming from right across the world so with the help of internet crowdfunding he's going rogue once completed they all have a new carbon pad they'll be alarms on the windows i put the vents these holes in the top you know it's really hot this summer here so that way the heat will rise and go out in the city of angels. elvis isn't considered won 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 gonna do. elvis is building his next house for a woman called raven. so there's a few people that live. ravens living on the top hole and next to a freeway. it's on hygiene and fire from say. the situation much worse than when this last. check of this is already on a service. that. raven's
been on and off the streets most of her life for one area yeah sure after fleeing violent home when she was just thirteen. she once had a time since the city forced most of the street he's been out here so you do not. tired after getting. pretty well you know a pretty good life right. now when it took you know what it would be. like. to. do it. elvis is worried by the state of this communal camp and he leaves to buy raven a tent until he can build her a new tiny house so i'm going to. run if you bet guys.
alone. opens up about a situation. it's been a struggle. and. the city always kicks us out from the state it's us to clean those. who want to costly move their stuff every day. not just. 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 cue she receives a visit. our. boys said we got to. get him about this by saturday. to.
help us. raven it's 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 our branch out. the door 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 laws to keep streets clear give you two choices. keep moving. on skid row. this is the only place that you can sit up a tent without the city forcing relief. but elvis is tiny homes and allowed here.
skid row is. unlike anything else in the united states. i call it the worst manmade disaster in the us hi. how 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 truck in just a year but you me get deborah nice 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 aadhaar just
a good idea you really need to look down that street there's not one open spot or summat sidewalk. or i'll be a half a mile down that way. elvis's tiny houses are 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 such a pretty constant ending yes day and night. by. the maintaining order here can be struck running with and. commanders running with us through this yes. i'll 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 tents 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. what's up. 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. make sure to 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 the homeless to be constantly on the move. we are here every day. 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 this is central to the city's livability essential to the city's becoming growth and also the city's image this team will put more than five tonnes on 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 a few positions by pleading this tactical fighting. have been fought over for something. like. this if you don't this. guy you're in a waste. that the city gives advance notice of the cleanup but not everyone gets the message and today there are some unlucky ones not
a. linear asked them to. they like it because repeating i mean if you want to or worse than living on the street you want to live more if we sidewalk or decide to devalue 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 waits in the suburban and then on the street. so we can clean and if you go inside it's nice safe conditions to live it so we basically the city has been a determination that those should not be on the city's streets. geysers. level survival. when customers go by your years of playing. n.l.
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belongings can get up devastate. our property destroyed it. none of us. i know that. take you in the midst of. you know. this it will be the rules if you beat him feet away from the driveway. to tennessee be down from sixty nine. and this is rainy. and 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 her psychosis. but the authorities just take an entire week's work. but there is that that does.
a. body like. that get to be done to get through. the city's cleanup means that christine will be out here even longer. before anything for was better. can take into the to. know is they. are well. 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.
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this is tiny homes could help people like christine until they get back on their feet back in compton the pressure is on for him to finish ravens tiny house. but he still needs to locate a place we can put it some way the city clean up won't easily find these are just two of over eight thousand watts of the city controls. are off and stuff boarded up 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 very hard on a governor or. elsewhere over a vote on
a very sure i have my life together elvis is already worried about reagan but he must to some enthusiasm i will listen 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 trick you 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 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.
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 to. also makes me feel like. 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. bride
to have been in prison. life. choice but to grow up before we. even 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 not having anywhere to go so it's 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 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 multibillion dollar strategy to help the homeless but it will take ten years to build ten thousand new units which is well below to. get 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 out of but if a structure in place city council. opposed to tiny houses in his district because of concerns from angry residents. someone monitoring 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 they'll this and the city is clear intense yet again this time at raven and christine's camp right now that load open up there was a show. that's considered a faulty item so it's going in the dumpster. almost christine's belongings are taken by the department of sanitation. not around so only christine is here to see it they say you know it well i mean do you get rock bottom. didn't they run five every year. was. all that money spent.
you can spend half of that and get these people a place to go but instead they're treated my hand. with ravens camp demolished most of her positions gone and with the baby on the way elvis must deliver her tiny house before nightfall. with him because. i finally found a suitable location for ravens tiny house in a quiet area mostly industrial it's not going to 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
a very. good life drama but it's going through a lot of hardship so this tiny house it's a pretty tough. 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 get 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 you know you know. you called me and said. you know people sit on
the back porch and. look at the stars so i want looking up at the entire area i have to see it sit not a bit tired but the stars it's got a magic. so finally raven gets her own private space. hopefully the first time in over a year a good night's sleep and helen do you think it's going to last. that was said to say with us wherever i was a cholesterol. happening god's hands.
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