SAN DIEGO — One homeless man was arrested while sleeping in a tiny house that was donated by fellow San Diegans.
“What has really hit me in my heart is there’s a need out here, there’s a need for people to have shelter,” Lisa Kogan said.
Kogan saw a YouTube video about a man in Los Angeles who was building tiny homes for homeless people.
“I became inspired and I got my friends behind and donated money,” Kogan said. “We built it last month. It’s a little house, its moveable, it has wheels.”
She wanted to find someone really deserving of the house, and Red was just the man she was looking for.
“Red cleans up around here every day, Red’s a good guy,” said Anthony Brown, who sleeps in a tent across the street from a church on 16th Street.
He was given the tiny house on Saturday. But it didn’t take long for the police to step in.
“So, Red’s place ended up right here on the sidewalk, and so this is where he was sleeping when the police came,” Kogan said, pointing to a spot on the sidewalk. “Had they written him a ticket and asked him to move the house he could have had plenty of help. There was no discussion of a ticket. It was immediate handcuffs.”
Police allegedly told Red he would have two hours to move his new home.
“Five minutes later there was a tow truck here and they took the house away,” Brown said.
Red was booked for misdemeanors of encroaching and lodging without consent.
“I’m outraged. When I heard the news I cried and I was upset,” Kogan said. “If you look all around the street, there’s tents, and I don’t understand why he was singled out when his house was right here on the sidewalk. And you can look down the street and across the street and there’s tents everywhere.”