- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless advocate who built brightly painted tiny wooden houses for people living on the streets is now taking them down after Los Angeles officials deemed them a health and safety hazard.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1XRvvc7 ) Elvis Summers built the 6-by-10-foot structures complete with an American flag, solar-powered lights and a house number to help the city’s swelling homeless population.

On Thursday he raced to remove eight of the houses before city sanitation workers arrived to impound and possibly destroy them.

Los Angeles officials have adopted a tough ordinance to sweep out homeless camps and institute a $2-billion homeless plan but have struggled with how to pay for it. The ordinance determined the houses were “bulky items.”

Councilman Curren Price says police identified issues with drugs and firearms.

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