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Jan 12

Greg Kloehn Introduction

Here is an email thread between Greg and I.

From: Greg Kloehn
Date: January 11, 2014 at 5:16:23 PM PST
Subject: Homeless Home Project
Hello Everyone,

Thanks again for all of the support and interest. It has been great and a bit overwhelming, forcing me to go where I don’t usually venture… becoming somewhat organized and making a plan. But, I definitely want to channel all this good will as soon as possible. As of now, I have a lot of eager volunteers, many offers for materials, a few leads for workshop spaces, a couple of donations and an abundance of kind words.

I would like to invite people to come by my studio in Oakland to help me finish the two homes I’m working on now. I think 3 to 5 people at a time would work perfectly for the size of my space. I’m generally available weekdays 9:00 -2:00 and weekends. For this step, it would be more of a drop-in format, where who ever comes will be assigned a task according to their skill level. Tools used to build the homes include circular saw, disc grinders, nail guns, drills, table saw, sanders, screw guns, chop saw, brooms, paints, rollers, brushes, glue guns…etc. Something for everyone! At a later date, in a different location, I would love to do a workshop with 10-15 people where we construct 2 homes in one day from start to finish and document the process.

Drivers with trucks are also needed to collect materials. Up until now I have relied on the waste I find in the streets and the goodwill of the those around me, but to take this to the next level, we will have to import some materials from elsewhere. I will need someone to coordinate the pick ups. A map and time table will have to be decided to coordinate between drivers and donors.

Materials most used in the building of the homes include; long pallets 8′ x 10′, short pallets 3′ x 4′, plywood, OSB board, futon frames, solid core doors, cabinets, glass refrigerator doors & shelves, tempered auto glass, heavy duty Casters 200 lbs.+ capacity, tar paper, plexi glass, flooring, paint, nails, screw1 1/2″ x 3″, nails for nail guns, hinges, glue, silicon, painters caulk and almost anything else for detail work. Keep your eyes out, if you see something good grab it.

A typical home consists of 5 large pallets, one small pallet, 4 casters, 4 sheets of ply ore OSB board, glass for windows and extras such as cup holders mirrors, BBQ… etc

A web site is being created at this very moment with links to twitter, instagram, Facebook and pay pal! People will be needed to help maintain and add to these media sites. I would also like to make a How-To book and video on the building process of the houses so people in other areas can participate as well. If someone is able to help process and maintain incoming inquiries and material donations that would be greatly appreciated. I think that’s enough to start with. Most importantly we should just start. So please let me know what you would like to do and when you can do it. If there is some other way you would like to help please let me know.

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you great people.

Sincerely,

Gregory Kloehn

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Dear Greg,

I am fascinated by what you have done. Congratulations and thank you for your efforts.

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I am part of a Burning Man crew funded by our non-profit Studio 1034 that is renting space at American Steel. I would like to talk with you about building tiny homes for the homeless.

Please feel free to contact me anytime.

PS: I have been reading up on Tumbleweed and love the options presented in Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.

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Your homes are cheaper and quicker to build. I would like to build and donate a number of spaces like the ones you have given away to learn the process. I am also part of a group that is working with the homeless on the Albany Bulb. I would like to present options to eviction if at all possible.

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