It was feared that Tower Hamlets Council might demolish the building but they have assured him they will not do so until Lukas has found a more suitable place to live
A homeless man built a tiny house with a front door and fence that he placed along sidewalks.
It was made from an old wardrobe, but now provides much-needed accommodation for the man who calls himself Lukas K.
He says he “has to live somewhere” and built the house himself as it meant he didn’t have to sleep on benches or shop doors.
Lukas can charge his cell phone because his temporary home is next to a charging station on the street.
MyLondon reports that there were fears that Tower Hamlets Council would not be able to demolish the building until Lukas found a more suitable place to live.
The 30-year-old says it took him two days to build the home in Bethnal Green.
He had lived nearby but when he lost that home he had to be creative to build a roof over his head.
Lukas, who grew up in Fulham, west London, was given the wardrobe by a friend who would otherwise throw it away.
He says he had a good job but lost it all after becoming addicted to Class A drugs.
Now he just wants to be a “functioning member of society” and says if he’s allowed to stay in his makeshift home, he’ll be happy to pay the council tax and bills for the electricity he uses to charge his phone.
Lukas says he used to have a normal life and did a respectable job on the London Underground.
He said: “I’ve always suffered from depression because I was very violent and abusive [childhood]. I was a victim of extreme violence and the only way I could deal with it was with drugs.”
Lukas eventually sold cocaine to cure his heroin addiction, which eventually led to him serving a year in prison.
He added: “I’ve seen people die from it [heroin] and it was the year in prison that made me doubt myself.
“You see these people every day and they don’t care anymore, I’ve even seen people rotting their legs.
“I really don’t want this for myself. I want to work again and help other people. I want to inspire other people to tell them that no matter how bad things get, there is always something that can be done.”
He also sees no problem with his new home being where it is, adding, “If my house isn’t hurting anyone or anything, I don’t see the problem.”
But he also added that he didn’t want to be a burden on society.
He said: “If I could fix everything I’m trying to do, I’d be paying council tax right away. I want to be a functioning, contributing member of society and not scum.”
Part of his journey to a better life included quitting heroin.
He said: “The withdrawal symptoms were hell and it was painful, but if you have the mental strength to want to change, you’re ready to get through it.”
He also has good advice for anyone who has hit rock bottom and to remember that better days are ahead.
He said: “Try to stay strong. What is written on my house [is that] the rain will end. The bad times will end and one day the sun will come out.”
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council confirmed the agency is aware of Luke’s home and wants to help.
They said: “We are aware of this person and their situation and are currently working on a placement plan for them.
“We do not intend to vacate the structure until we can make an offer for accommodation, which is what we are seeking today (Friday) and we hope individuals will accept.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-man-builds-himself-tiny-27027800 A homeless man builds a tiny wooden house with a front door and a fence on the sidewalk