LOS ANGELES (KRON) – The man who built a tiny house on wheels for a homeless woman who had been sleeping on the streets has raised nearly $60,000 to build similar houses for other homeless people in his South Los Angeles neighborhood.
Elvis Summers said Thursday he’s humbled by the global response to a YouTube video of him constructing the 8-foot-long wood house for “Smokie,” a grandmother who’s been homeless for more than a decade.
The video ends with Smokie hanging a “Home Sweet Home” sign.
Summers says he is getting lots of offers for help from carpenters, homeless advocates, retirees and children as young as 6.
The 38-year-old has started a nonprofit called Being Human and reached out to Los Angeles officials to get the city involved in his plan to build more tiny homes for transients.
Through his GoFundMe account, Summers said his non-profit has already been granted 501(c) status which means all donations are now tax-deductible and employers with a matching program are now eligible to take part in it.