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Man builds wooden shed on Hollywood sidewalk to survive homelessness

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC)– In a wooden shed on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Wilton Place lives a man named Q.

If you know him, it would be no surprise that he built the shed himself.

“The neighborhood construction sites — some of them provide old lumber that they’ve finished cutting, so I go in the bins and take out the old lumber,” explains Q.

He says he worked in construction and was laid off just before the pandemic hit, but he hasn’t stopped rushing.

He says he also repairs and builds bikes.

This gives him money to buy tools and expand his artful home. It is fully powered by a diesel generator. He also added a few plants outside of his shed.

And despite the amount of space it takes up on the sidewalk, some small businesses don’t seem to have a problem with it.

“I think it’s cool, honestly. I have no problem with that,” said Rance Shaw, manager of a nearby coffee shop. “He wasn’t disruptive or anything.”

“He greets you and stuff, but he’s never been disrespectful,” said Jose Duran, a barber who works nearby.

Q was offered housing and lodging, but said he turned it down because he couldn’t use his power tools.

He hopes to live in an RV one day.

When asked for comment from Los Angeles City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the area, his office said in part:

“… Our teams will continue our diligent outreach to this individual and we hope to successfully connect him with accommodation and services…”

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