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It helps make life easier, but at the end of the day, money really can’t buy us happiness.

Here in New York City, there are a record number of homeless people, with close to 60,000 men, women, and children on the streets. To say it’s an epidemic is an understatement — and while every person’s circumstances are different, it can be difficult to choose if and when to help. That’s because not every homeless person is like this kind man, who wanted to change his life and used a generous donation to get a fresh start.

Elvis Summers of Los Angeles knew he could give a homeless person something of greater value than cash, something that might otherwise be unattainable on their own. Elvis took a liking to his 60-year-old homeless neighbor, Smokie, who had been sleeping in the dirt on his street and would stop by his home asking for cans.

One morning, Elvis read about a man who jumped on board with the Tiny House Movement and was helping make homes out of discarded material for the homeless. That’s when he was inspired to give Smokie a place of her own. As you can see in the time-lapse video he made, the $500 it cost to make the tiny home was way more valuable than cash.

Best of all? The cops in Elvis and Smokie’s neighborhood support the tiny home, just as long as they move it every 72 hours.

Do you think this amazing idea could help put an end to homelessness in America? Please help spread the word — SHARE this video on your Facebook page.
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