Kindness is the one thing that doesn’t cost us a cent to give, yet it’s priceless to those who receive it. And the homeless of Toronto are being given a helping hand thanks to a Toronto-based carpenter. 28-year-old Khaleel Seivwright has been building mobile homes for the homeless and distributing them for free.
Seivwright undertook his passion project after seeing the numbers of homeless quickly start to rise as a result of COVID-19. His mobile homes take about 8 hours to assemble, and all the building materials cost $1,000.
But as Seivwright shared with CBC News, the act was just something he felt he had to do after seeing so many people living in tents. Seivwright had never before seen such large numbers of tents being set up in parks. Seivwright stated to the outlet that he felt that “this is something I could do to make sure people staying outside in the winter could survive.”
And Seivwright’s mission is coming just in time as winter is practically upon us and the nights are getting longer and colder. With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, homeless shelters and other resource centers will be even more overwhelmed by those who have lost their homes due to the pandemic’s effects. There is also concern about the virus possibly getting spread inside shelters because of over-crowding, which is why Seivwright came up with a possible solution.
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In a typical Canadian winter, weather conditions can see temperatures fall as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Seivwright’s constructions are built with insulation so that they can help people warm themselves up using their own body heat. He has already built a few and is planning on building more.
He has admitted to CBC that it’s not a permanent solution, but it does provide some shelter from the cold. Seivwright has created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $200,000 in order to continue building mobile homes and giving them to homeless for free. So far, his page has raised more than $100,000 so he’s over halfway to that goal.
Seivwright’s help is coming just in Tims, as a street nurse who has worked with the homeless for years, Cathy Crowe, pointed out that things are just going to get worse. As she stated to CBC News, “It’s going to be catastrophic. We have not yet seen the wave of evictions from people in unstable, unaffordable housing. People are trickling into homelessness now, but it’s going to be like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime.”Whizzco