Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

An Oakland based artist, Gregory Kloehn, was attempting to work on a homeless architecture book when he became nothing short of INSPIRED! In awe of the creativity and resourcefulness of the homeless community that he was studying, Gregory was moved to establish a bit of permanence to their methodology. Motivated by the survival instincts of the homeless, this man took to the trash cans and dumpsters to find building materials for these artistic tiny homes. “I wish that I could say that I set out to house the homeless, but my motivation was not so lofty,” writes Gregory. Intention or not… from this art project, the Homeless Homes Project was born.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Sifting through the garbage and illegally dumped waste, the materials are found to begin construction.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Home is where the heart is. If you ask any of the homeless in this area, I’m sure they’ll say their heart is with Gregory Kloehn.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Here are a couple of homes still in the production/ fabrication stage.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Gregory build these tiny homes, takes a few photos and gives them away.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

This woman is very grateful that Gregory was able to build and give her a home.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Some paint schemes are artistically inspired, others are just decided upon by what happens to be on hand.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

As you can see, all of the homes are as unique and individual as the people who receive them.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Ideas came from the ingenuity of the homeless to create shelters from the available resources… other people’s trash.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

“I give them to the homeless that I know living right in my neighborhood. I make a home for each person or a couple. Some people live just down the block from me. They are my neighbors.” Gregory says.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

With a background in construction and art, his talents are well utilized in the creation process.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Gregory Kloehn can kick out one of these homes in a week or so by himself! With more people like him, think of how much we could do to solve our homelessness problems.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Gregory says, “I want to challenge myself as to what I can make a home out of, and in the process be able to make a difference in someone’s life.” And make a difference he does!

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

You can see the coffee bags used to make the shingles on the home with the red door.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Look how nice the inside of this one is, looks like a nice rustic cabin.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Gregory Kloehn digs through garbage for supplies to build these amazing tiny homeless homes.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Paints are also found in some of the trash piles, but some materials are donated.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

A door with a lock is something that many of Gregory’s homeless neighbors haven’t had in years.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Plenty of cubby space to keep their belongings safe.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Most of the homes are built with 200 lb rated caster wheels to allow for these homes to be easily transported.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Mobility is important as the city sometimes makes the homeless move every couple of weeks.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

“There is a spontaneity and playfulness in making small homes that traditional houses do not offer. It reminds me of making forts as a kid, no city planners, no architects, no crews, no bank loans, just my ideas and my hands and the stuff I find in the streets.” says Gregory.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Pallets, camper shells, dog kennel, refrigerator door, shower caddy – it appears that nothing is going to waste.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Lights, sink and a cooler for food? Why not?

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

Having a 60″x80″ micro home could make all the difference in the world to a person who spent last week living in a box or sleeping on the sidewalk.

Big-Hearted Man Turns Trash Into Tiny Houses For Oakland’s Homeless

With this double-decker, it seems that the only limitation is imagination!

Gregory has hopes that everyone will start building the homeless homes. He is a minimalist of sorts, realizing that as far as a home goes, the smaller it is, the happier he seems. I don’t know if the small or tiny homes ideal is going to become a wildly accepted trend, but think about all the other options you would have to spend your money if it wasn’t tied up in your 30 year mortgage!

What are your thoughts?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Loading…

0

What are your thoughts?