California man builds tiny house for homeless woman, wants to do more

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.  — A homeless woman has a new lease on life after a California man built her a small house.

Irene McGhee has been homeless for more than a decade after losing her husband and her house, according to CBS LA.

Irene would ask 37-year-old Elvis Summers for his recyclables and the two eventually became friends.

Elvis didn’t want to see Irene sleeping on the streets anymore, so he decided to help her out.

“She’s a human being, 60 years old, a mother, grandmother, sleeping in the dirt. It’s just not right,” he told CBS LA.

Elvis started building a small, portable home that Irene could call her own.

“I just wanted to build it safe enough, secure enough so she’d be warm, comfortable,” Elvis said.

Irene was so excited to see her new house.

“I felt so good. I was so relaxed. I think I must’ve slept half of the day,” she said.

The heartwarming gesture has given Irene new hope, who says she wants to start looking for a job.

The local police department told Elvis that as long as they move the portable house every 72 hours, they will be okay.

He is working with LAPD officers to find city-owned property where the house can be placed on a short- or long-term basis, according to CBS LA.

Now Elvis is trying to do more and has started a campaign, “My Tiny House Project L.A.,” on GoFundMe so he can hire other homeless people to build their own houses with him.

“Being homeless is NOT a crime,” Elvis wrote. “The true crime is how we as human being look at and treat people that are homeless. Some people don’t, but MOST homeless people want help and are desperate to get off the streets.”

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