Colorful mobile homes made from shipping pallets and refrigerator doors.
Gregory Kloehn is an artist/builder based in Oakland, California who decided to bring together imaginative people and discarded materials to create one-of-a-kind mobile homes for people living on the street. The Homeless Homes Project uses illegally dumped material, commercial waste, and discarded household items to prove that it’s creativity, not money, that makes it possible to build yourself a home.
Virtually nothing is off-limits when Kloehn goes searching for material in an industrial area of Oakland. The bulk of most houses are made from salvaged wood, but the finishing touches come in the form of refrigerator and laundry machine doors, miniature BBQs, and even a portable dog box which serves as storage space in one of the miniature houses.
“The only cost to me is screws, nails, glue and the gas it takes me to drive around Oakland and find the stuff on the street. I guesstimate each home to have $30-$50 US dollars in my cost,” Kloehn explains on his Facebook page.
Apart from a place to get out of the rain and stay warm at night, the mobile homes features some pretty stunning paint jobs. Each of the homes, covered in vibrant yellows, greens, oranges and pinks, has been decorated to make an individual statement that matches the owner’s personality.
As stated on the project’s website:
Each structure is unique and all homes are mobile so that they can accommodate the nomadic lifestyles of our homeless residents while avoiding the complexities of permanent structures.
Based on the idea of collective ideas, good will, and basic construction skills, most of the houses have been built thanks to the help of a small volunteer team. So far the team has built 10 mobile shelters, and if you’re interested, the project is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers.