It is said that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Well, one man took that a little too literally – and digs inside dumpsters for items he can salvage. What he is doing might be illegal but you couldn’t actually fault him. He is not digging dumpsters for himself but for a noble reason: to make a little something for the homeless.

Meet Gregory Kloehn, the genius artist with a heart of gold. As an artist, he’s already made a name for himself in the field of art but he is getting more publicity in recent years for his advocacy: to build mobile homes for the homeless of America.

1. The dumpster is full of treasures for the homeless, items he can use to build their homes.

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2. As an artist, he’s already been making small homes for some clients. One day, a homeless man dropped by his studio to ask for a tarp.

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3. At the time, he did not have a tarp but had wood enough to build a small house that already included space for a tiny kitchen, water tank, and trap for human waste.

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4. Using the materials he had on hand, he created his very first homeless home.

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5. It was not much but it was perfect for the homeless man.

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6. The small home he made for his newly found friend became an inspiration for him to create more little homes for the people who need them the most.

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7. Because he did not have a lot of money to fund the project, he got the idea of going dumpster diving to find items which could prove useful for the homes he plan to make.

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8. He uses the materials he find plus new items he bought on his own – with that, he was able to create the little homes.

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9. Each home is unique, especially because he uses what is already on hand.

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10. The homes might look small to you but to a homeless person who’s lived in the streets for so long, this little space is a mansion.

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11. Not surprisingly, he’s made so many new friends, people whose lives have become blessed by such a generous man.

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12. Understanding that these people don’t exactly have a permanent address, he even added wheels into his home so they could lug the new home around.

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13. It is a true-blue mobile home, in every sense of the word.

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14. The tiny little homes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

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15. His advocacy spread to his friends, who essentially pitched in to help every way they can.

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16. The homeless people surely feel grateful with their new homes. No longer do they have to endure the rain, the heat, or the snow, if it comes!

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17. You will be amazed at the awesome details these small homes have.

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18. He makes use with what is available – even items such as this washing machine cover.

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19. Some homes even get extra treatment, such as the carved ballusters used in this one.

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20. The homes are painted with vibrant colors.

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21. And look stunning, inside and out.

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22. Fancy a mobile home with a built-in fridge? Well, a door made out of a fridge door, anyway.

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23. And if you are lucky, you might just get some extra space inside.

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24. It’s not just a home. In every sense, it’s a work of art, a labor of love.

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25. Who wants this 2-story house?

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Gregory understands there are just too many homeless people for him to give homes to; he just can’t build homes for them all even if he won’t sleep a wink. Thankfully, there are now other people who have come forth to volunteer to help build these homes. There were also others who are donating money for his cause.

Good job, Gregory! Good luck to your advocacy.