37 tiny homes were taken from their owners. Controversy causes city to take this action



37 tiny homes that were seized by Los Angeles city officials are being released back to the homeowners over the next two weeks. According to the LA Times, a protest at City Hall drew the attention of many bloggers and supporters. The added attention has pushed the city to make a decision about what to do with the structures it had seized. Also, LAIST points out that the news of releasing the homes came after a federal ruling that said “the city cannot simply seize and destroy a homeless person’s property.”

The seized tiny homes were built by Elvis Summers who, according to NPR, was inspired to do something for the homeless because of a friendship with a homeless person. He raised $100,000 through a GoFundMe page and built a number of buildings to distribute throughout Los Angeles to help get the homeless off the street. Each home is 48 square feet and has solar power and a camping toilet.


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