… and we need your help to do that.
When we first met Alexis in the fall of 2014, she and her two dogs lived in a tent on a grassy hill off the 101 freeway. We quickly became friends; we were humbled and impressed by how, in spite of her own desperate situation, she would still help others, always willing to share what little she had. Alexis took great pride in cleaning up, not just her campground, but also the surrounding area, and at some point Alexis even started growing tomato and other edible plants, and all the neighbors loved and supported her.
This all came to an abrupt end during a raid by the sheriff’s department when deputies destroyed and trashed most of her belongings. Alexis was left with nothing. Not knowing where to go, and too ashamed to ask for help, she ended up on a side walk in East Hollywood, surrounded by drug dealers and violence.
How Alexis was able to keep going is a mystery to me. I would have given up long ago. But somehow, Alexis made her way into Hollywood, where she found a street that felt it little safer than her prior location, and she started doing what comes naturally to her: she cleaned up.
She picked up trash and she made sure drug dealers knew they weren’t welcomed on the block. Seeing the difference, neighbors took notice, telling her how much they appreciate her work and eventually, a kind and generous property owner allowed Alexis to set up a small shed at the far end of a parking lot and live in it.
And she did; she make it her home with a bed, a small wardrobe, a shelf and a chair, and an outdoor camping shower. Again, she started growing fruit and vegetables, she even built a fountain, and continued to make sure that the street was clean and safe.
Until someone reported her to the city. An inspector came out on Monday, 04/04/2016 and ordered Alexis to vacate the premises. Desperate and at the end of her rope, Alexis reached out to us. We drove over there quickly, spoke to some of the neighbors as well as to LAPD Senior Lead Officer Paul Jordan, who has been very supportive of Alexis since she moved into his district, and together, we decided that we need to get organized and help.
Of course it would be best if Alexis could move into an apartment, but time is of essence, and as there are more homeless than housing options in L.A., we decided the most simple and immediate solution will be to buy a used RV that will be a home for Alexis until we can find a more permanent solution. A couple of legal, overnight parking options have already been offered, all that is needed now is the vehicle.
In just 10 days, we have been able to raise over $2,100, and we have started to look at used RVs that are for sale. In order to get a decent one, and to cover taxes and insurance, we need to raise another $1,400.
If you would like to help us help Alexis, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/ahomeforAlexis. Every dollar counts and will make a difference, and since we are a 501 c3 non-profit, we will even be able to provide you with a donation receipt.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us !
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us help Alexis!