Free stuff for the homeless doesn’t work out the way Oakland’s ‘tiny houses’ advocates thought it would

Seems the idea of “free homes” for the homeless, touted as a panacea to end the problem, isn’t quite working out the way its advocates said it would.

In Oakland, at a concentrated community of “tiny homes,” given out by the city to the homeless, the result was this, according to The Oaklandside:

A fire Monday morning incinerated three tiny-home shelters at a city-run transitional-housing site at E. 12th Street and 2nd Avenue, across from Lake Merritt.

Nobody was injured, according to authorities, but five people who were living in the scorched shelters were displaced. A fourth tiny-home was damaged as well.

Oakland Fire Department Chief of Staff Michael J. Hunt said the cause of the fire, which began around 10 a.m., is under investigation. Twenty firefighters responded to the incident and got the fire under control by 10:30 a.m. Thick smoke from the blaze could be seen from downtown Oakland and neighborhoods around the lake.

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And it looked like this:



h/t Doc Savage


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