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Homeless people are being housed by California based artist Gregory Kloehn (A descendant of Abraham Lincoln) who has turn his attention to discarded and worn out garbage dumpsters and trash which he then converts into tiny homes ideal for homeless people needing shade from the hot sun and a place to sleep at night.
So far Gregory and his team of likeminded individuals have built ten dumpster homes, several of them have already been claimed by homeless people grateful to have a place they can call their own.
These small houses give shelter and comfort to a very uncomfortable way of life. The homes are fitted with wheels so they can be moved around the city. Each home has a pitched or curved roof to allow rain water to fall away and they generally have a bed, shelves a stove and a sink. All the basic essentials people need.
To prove that his dumpster home idea was a good one and that they could be lived in Gregory built himself one and spent some time living in it. It took seven months to fully refurbish and was made from a traditional garbage dumpster.
He fitted his with a small granite work top, it had a microwave (not sure how he powered it though) a mini stove, a fridge, a small sofa with cushions and a loo.
I believe his was wired up to the mains at his house while he tried it out, something most homeless people have access to however these are a fantastic idea and they help real people in need.
One Man’s Dumpster is a Red Hook Man’s Apartment
Gregory has a team of people who trawl the streets looking for illegal dumping grounds and they go through all of the junk looking for stuff they can recycle and use to build their dumpster homes.
Gregory rifling through a pile of rubbish looking for stuff that can be used to make dumpster homes.
Old lengths of wood, washing machine doors, small windows, sheets or plastic anything the team can find they will use as you will see in the pictures below. Even discarded pizza delivery bags are used as insulation to keep the homes warm.
Gregory started an organisation called Homeless Homes Project to provide sturdy and mobile shelters for the homeless in his city of San Francisco California. The mobile homes are mainly the size of a large sofa. Gregory got the idea after he started building a home from used shipping containers.
In an interview found on DailyMail.co.uk he said He said: ‘I would look over the fence at a dumpster on the adjacent property.’
“After some time I realised the dumpster, with its pitch roof, looked more like a home than the containers – it was just like a little metal tent. I knew from that moment I was going to transform a dumpster into a home.”
He now designs and builds shipping container homes which he sells in Brooklyn.
Before that he was a sculptor who made his living trying to sell his sculptures to the rich but he got fed up and disheartened with that.
He said this about his sculptures… “It just sits there, I kind of think if you’re putting so much effort into something it would be nice if it did something.”
They may no longer be built from traditional dumpsters but the are made form recycled old waste materials.
They may not big or look much to you or I but to a homeless person they are a spacious and comfortable home where they can keep dry.
A dumpster home being pushed around by its owner.
An unusual shaped but spacious dumpster home made from scrap materials.
An old fridge door is used to make the entrance to this big dumpster home.
See more pictures of the dumpster homes in the video below.
Artist Gregory Kloehn Builds Homeless Shelters Out Of Trash
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