Jill Layton
May 01, 2015 12:56 pm

Some people are just really good at being amazing. Elvis Summers lives in Los Angeles and noticed a homeless woman living in his neighborhood. She would often ask him for recyclables so she could add them to her collection to exchange for money. After talking to her, he learned that she’s 60-years-old and goes by the name Smokie. Summers hated that Smokie was living without any means of shelter, so he decided to help her in a big way . He built her a tiny house — a structure that was big enough for her to sleep in, shelter her from the elements, and keep her safe.

Five days and $500 later, the tiny house was complete and ready for Smokie to move into.

Summers told the Good News Network that the house, which is built on wheels, is being well-received by the neighborhood and the authorities. “I had nowhere to really build it, so I just built it in the street outside of my apartment,” he said. “The local LAPD cops have been super cool, and have told me they support it — as long as we move it to a different spot every 72 hours.”

Summers doesn’t want to just hand over houses, he wants to get the recipients involved. “I’d like to offer purpose to these people in need and hire them to build the houses with me. I’ve even set an appointment with LA’s Mayor Eric Garcetti to try and get his help,” Summers said. “The city owns or controls many properties which are just sitting collecting dust and could be used, even temporarily, to help save lives.”

Stories like this aren’t just heartwarming, they do so much good. Summers has launched a funding campaign he named Mythpla (My Tiny House Project LA). The purpose of the project is to help raise money to build more tiny house’s for homeless individuals, homeless families and homeless US veterans. For more information and to donate, visit his GoFundMe page.

“I’ve met so many homeless people, good people,” Summers said. “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.”

Here’s a video documenting the building process and Smokie’s reaction when he handed her the keys and her “Home Sweet Home” sign.

We love this story and hope that Summers is super successful in setting up a community of tiny homes for people who need them!

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