On any given night in the United States, there are over 600,000 homeless people on the street. While this is already an alarming statistic on it’s own, violence against the homeless has risen by a whopping 24% since 2013. Homeless Americans are not only living in poverty, but risking their lives every night on the street. Artist Gregory Kloehn of Oakland, California took note, and decided to take matters into his own hands. Kloehn makes homes out of materials that have been thrown away, varying from scrap metal, to car parts, to furniture. Kloehn scours the streets of Oakland to find washing machines, refrigerators, and other illegally discarded trash that he can use for the houses.
Earlier this year we featured Kloehn’s selfless work, but his tiny houses barely scratch the surface of how he upcycles discarded items. Kloehn also refurbishes bikes for the homeless, adding practical items onto the modes of transportation. He’s also built living spaces out of storage units and dumpsters. Check out more of his amazing work below.