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San Jose to build tiny houses as temporary shelter for homeless

Irene "Smokie" McGhee, a woman who had been sleeping on the streets in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, listens to music on the doorway of her newly built tiny home Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. Smokie said police told her she won’t be bothered as long as she moves the home , small enough to fit in a parking space, every three days. And the structure is so small that it wouldn’t require permits if built on private property, said Luke Zamperini, spokesman for the Building and Safety department.
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Solving a crisis of homelessness is a complicated and growing problem for cities across the country, but some suggest the solution is to think small. 

While the tiny homes movement may seem like remedy to some, others are concerned the one-room structures could prove a health and safety hazard.

So far, no California city has officially adopted the tiny home concept.  Individuals in Los Angeles have attempted to provide them but with mixed results and some have even been removed by the city. 

A new law that goes into effect in January could open the door to the possibility. The city of San Jose is now hoping to be first in the state to provide transition shelter to their homeless with the construction of tiny homes.

For more, Take Two's A Martinez spoke with San Jose's Homeless Response Manager, Ray Bramson.

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