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Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:36 PM

 

as (very) tiny houses pop up around the Los Angeles area, councilman calls them a threat

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Tiny houses come to San Pedro, in an effort to address the homeless population there with 4-by-6-foot wood structures on wheels. Anne Turner and her dog, Jack, and boyfriend Ricky Bates are living in one of the first houses they helped build. On 8th Street between Beacon and San Pedro Streets. Aug. 10, 2015. (Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer)

A South Los Angeles man, Elvis Summers, has collected nearly $85,000 in a Go Fund Me online fundraising campaign to build the homes, which are rudimentary but do offer doors and sliding windows.

Dozens of them now line the streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

Locally, the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Homelessness Committee has launched an effort to build tiny houses for the many homeless who live on local streets, especially around San Pedro’s main post office on Beacon Street.

Three of the doghouse-style structures are parked along the curb on Eighth Street just east of Palos Verdes Street, where a homeless encampment on the sidewalk was moved a few months ago.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/social-affairs/20150811/la-councilman-pushes-for-removal-of-tiny-houses-for-the-homeless


Councilmen demand removal of tiny houses for homeless, call them a ‘threat’

Two Los Angeles city councilmen Tuesday called for the removal of small wooden dwellings built for the homeless in San Pedro and other parts of the city, apparently inspired by a viral video showing a man building a similar house for a homeless woman in South Los Angeles.

Councilman Joe Buscaino questioned the legality of the shed-sized homes, which are typically placed in parking spaces next to sidewalks or other public areas.

The motion, seconded by Councilman Mitch Englander, calls for the city attorney to “report on the legality of the placement of such structures in both the public right-of-way and on private property, and recommend removal protocol for city departments to follow.”

The motion will be taken up by the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee and the Homelessness and Poverty Committee.

http://mynewsla.com/government/2015/08/11/councilmen-call-tiny-houses-for-homeless-a-threat-demand-removal/

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Reply as (very) tiny houses pop up around the Los Angeles area, councilman calls them a threat (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #1
Egnever Aug 2015 #2
PoliticAverse Aug 2015 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #5
NV Whino Aug 2015 #6
PoliticAverse Aug 2015 #8
NV Whino Aug 2015 #9
pnwmom Aug 2015 #12
kelliekat44 Aug 2015 #3
hifiguy Aug 2015 #7
truebluegreen Aug 2015 #10
PoliticAverse Aug 2015 #11

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:40 PM

1. What is the matter with this councilman and other authoritarian folk?

Do they like people living on sidewalks?

Good god.

This is a step in the right direction.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:42 PM

2. Agree seems like a fairly decent solution

 

Wouldn't want to try to live in one myself but designating an area for them and allowing people to use them seems like a good way to give homeless folks at least a little shelter.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:48 PM

4. Can you build a permanent structure in the street, without any permits,

rules or the ability to meet current building codes?

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:55 PM

5. Probably not......but these are NOT permanent.

It's a step to getting the homeless less vulnerable.

Shelter is important.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:06 PM

6. Generally, structures under a certain size do not need permits.

Plus, these are portable.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:10 PM

8. Yes these do have wheels. It's a bit more like "living in your car" I suppose.

As to structures of certain size not needing permits, although that is true, there are
often rules that limit the placement of structures. For example where I live you can't
put a trailer or a small shed on a property that doesn't already have a permitted house
on it.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:29 PM

9. Yes

The smart thing to do would be create a space to park these things.

The smarter thing to do would be build or adapt existing, unused structures and use them to house the homeless.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 09:00 PM

12. This thing is on wheels, so it's not permanent. n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:44 PM

3. A "threat?"

 

Just wow!

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:07 PM

7. A threat to the delicate sensibilities of the bourgeoisie

 

and the 1 percenters, I am sure.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:51 PM

10. Good idea.

 

A really good idea would be to provide free apartments / housing for the homeless as the first step to solving the problem permanently, and less expensively, than the scatter shot methods employed now.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:55 PM

11. Yes much superior to living in a box without electricity or plumbing. n/t

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