One man decided to give back to the homeless in a different way.
Elvis Summers couldn’t stand hearing about how Irene McGee sleeps in the dirt every night, so he gathered up $500 worth of materials and built her a mini home.
According to ABC News, McGee has been homeless for 10 years since her husband passed away and she couldn’t afford her home any longer.
McGee began asking Summers to save his recyclables so that she could cash them in. As Summers began to learn more about her struggle, he decided to give back in the ultimate way.“I started asking more questions about her to see what her story was,” Summers told ABC News. “I learned she didn’t have anything, not even a cardboard box. She was literally sleeping in the dirt and I just wanted to make her a place where she could feel comfortable and at least get a good night’s sleep.
Mini homes have become somewhat of a phenomenon on the Internet and Summers thought they couldn’t be too hard to assemble. He gathered all the materials necessary and had the small space assembled in five days.
McGee has been happily living there for three weeks now.
ABC News reported Summers said that the city supports the miniature home, so long as it’s moved to a different spot every 72 hours. He has funded over $50,000 for “Starting Human,” the organization he created after building McGee’s home.
He hopes to work with local officials to continue building temporary houses for other people in the area who are homeless.
“As I started talking to other homeless people, I started to understand their stories and they started asking me If I could build them little houses, too,” Summers said. “I know that this isn’t a hey, boom, we’ve got it fixed – it’s just one step. This is an issue homeless people have and I would have loved to build her a bigger house with a shower and a toilet.”