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Debate over 'tiny homes' for the homeless highlights growing need for affordable housing

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A partial cutaway model of residential spaces called 'New York GoHome' at the Museum of the City of New York January 23, 2013 during the opening of a new exhibition, 'Making Room: New Housing for New Yorkers'. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled yesterday New York City’s first “micro-unit” building will have apartments as small as 250 square feet TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

The debate over affordable housing in Los Angeles county seems to be hitting a fever pitch.

This week alone, two county groups have released reports on the growing numbers of homeless, the LA City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee is taking up a motion to draft an ordinance regulating short-term rentals, which could potentially land a blow to Airbnb, and KPCC is taking a deeper look at Section 8 housing.

LA City Hall is also debating the utility of tiny, curbside homes on wheels. Elvis Summers began building the wooden, single-room structures that can fit into about the size of parking spot, to address what he saw as a  need for homeless people to get off the streets. The results went viral. He raised $85,128 through a Go Fund Me campaign.

Watch his project

But now Harbor-area Councilman Joe Buscaino is trying to get the homes booted from his neighborhood, arguing they pose a risk to public safety.

Do you think tiny homes are a possible solution to homelessness in LA County? Or are they just a bandaid on a much larger issue?

All Alone: Antecedents of Chronic Homelessness

Guests:

Joe Buscaino, Councilman for the 15th District in Los Angeles, which includes San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and Watts

Elvis Summers, founder of A Tiny House, Huge Purpose

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