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California artist goes dumpster diving for his passion project – building homes for the homeless in his community

It’s true what they say – one person’s garbage is another’s treasure. Gregory Kloehn, an artist based in Oakland, California proved this through his passion project – the Homeless Homes Project.

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photo by sliptalk
photo by sliptalk

It all started when a homeless man sought some tarp from his shop. At the time, he had a lot of materials lying around for his art projects as a sculptor. He decided to give the homeless man more than what he asked for. Instead of giving the man some tarp, he gave the man a home.

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photo by sliptalk

Since then, Kloehn had completely shifted from sculpting to designing and building small, mobile dwellings for the homeless.

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photo by sliptalk

What’s even more impressive is that his home projects don’t require much funding – the artist simply goes dumpster diving to salvage whatever materials he could find and use to build the homes.

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photo by sliptalk

The awesome little dwellings are small enough to be mobile, but cozy and weather-proof enough to shelter the homeless from an icy winter night or a smoldering summer day.

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photo by sliptalk

All the houses have wheels, allowing its owners to easily relocate whenever it is necessary. The main materials used for these sturdy, cozy houses are discarded pallets.

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photo by sliptalk

Because of the awesome, noble intention behind it, Kloehn’s passion project immediately gained the attention of media and advocacy groups. Even netizens were moved enough to donate to Kloehn materials and cash he could use to create more homes for the homeless.

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photo by sliptalk

Kloehn knows it is impossible for him to give homes to every single homeless person in his community, but this wouldn’t stop him from trying to make as many as he can for as many people as he could help. His website (http://www.homelesshomesproject.org/), therefore, appeals for more than donations – he actually needs warm bodies to help him build more homes for the homeless.

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photo by sliptalk
photo by sliptalk

“The Homeless Homes Project is an asymmetrical approach to modern living where collective ideas, good will, and basic construction skills unite to repurpose the abundance of everyday garbage into viable living spaces.

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photo by sliptalk
photo by sliptalk
photo by sliptalk
photo by sliptalk

What can you say about the Homeless Homes Project? Have you worked for a similar noble passion project? Would you be willing to extend Gregory Kloehn a hand so the impact of his good work could further increase? Let us know in the comments section below!

Via: sliptalk

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