United States: Los Angeles fights homelessness with tiny houses

By Jürgen Schmieder, Los Angeles

What immediately strikes you about America’s largest homeless mini-house colony: how colorful everything is here. Artist Zach Hsieh painted the 117 houses with contestants from his Instant Influencer cast. Now you can see sunsets on the walls, butterflies, roses, laughing hearts, cartoon characters, and grinning turtles munching on melons. “People who come here have been through very bad things,” says Hsieh, who painted happy bumblebees and friendly monsters on a house: “Art has to be a distraction and bring a little bit of joy.”

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