A millionaire has decided to build 100 homes in his hometown after hearing the issue of homelessness.
Marcel LeBrun from New Brunswick, Canada, was running a large business but decided to sell it to build tiny homes for his community.
After finding out that around 1,800 people in his hometown were homeless for at least a day, he and his wife paid 4 million dollars to build a safe place for the homeless.
The small homes, which have solar panels on the roof, offer enough space for people in need. They feature a kitchen, bathroom, and bed, as well as patio on the outside.
In an interview with CBC, LeBrun explained: “They have everything in them – a full kitchen, a full bathroom (and) a dining-living area kind of thing.
“I see myself as a community builder, and really what we’re doing here is not just building a little community, but we’re building a community in a city, like how do we help our city be better?”
He hopes that the homes will give people in need not only a sense of responsibility but also safety.
Steven Dotson, 55, said: “When I was homeless, people just didn’t think I was real, they wouldn’t even acknowledge me.
“This place, it’s a blessing. It gives me hope and motivation to do something different with my life.”
Mayor Matt Mahan said that the project is a good use of money and time.
“These are interim solutions to mitigate the impacts because we cannot have this so-called ‘doom loop’ happening because of homelessness, where we lose our employers who are the tax base for cities and then we can’t fund basic services,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg.
“That’s just not a viable path for us.”
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