Itsy Micro Shelters

$3,867 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 49 months
Lorene Sexton  LAYTONVILLE, CA
This is my friend Chris Housley.  He has been a carpenter for 35 years, spending many of those years as lead carpenter on multimillion dollar custom homes.

He has survived more than a few struggles in his own life which left him with great compassion for others struggling in theirs and the need to address the homeless situation in our country is one he can no longer ignore.  Walking past homeless people curled up on sidewalks or in wooded areas while averting his eyes led him to question whether or not he was living up to his true potential, which in turn led to his recent decision to take his knowledge and skills as a master builder to a project that will help provide shelter, safety and comfort to those in need and do it in a way that is aesthetically  pleasing to surrounding communities. 








Itsy Micro Shelters are made of high quality materials and are extremely well constructed while remaining light weight.  They have a locking door, a window/air vent and a small table that folds down.  It rolls on lockable industrial castors and can be moved with minimal effort by a couple of people.  It has ridged insulation which allows body heat to raise the inside temp up 20*.  The finishing touch is the beautiful paint job.  Who wouldn't love to see these around our cities and towns that are overflowing with homeless people right now?

It's made to last.  It's made with love.  And it's made with the hope it  can help heal the souls of the owners.  

The cost of building these will be about $950 with materials running about $650-$750.  Since he's given up his job the extra cost is to help support Chris in his chosen minimalist lifestyle.  He lives in a gypsy wagon he built and it is a piece of self-sufficiency to behold!

Any amount of money you can spare to help with the Itsy Mico Shelter project will be so greatly appreciated, certainly by Chris but more importantly,  by the homeless person who will be sleeping out of the elements in a place they can actually call their own. 

Thanks for reading about Chris and his dream.  Can you please take another minute and share it on social media?  

Blessings to all.
+ Read More
Update 4
Posted by Lorene Sexton
40 months ago
   Share
1
1
Chris will be attending the Affordable Homeless Housing Alternative (AHHA) in Humbolt on Sept. 26th between 12-6pm. Join him and the newest addition to his fleet 'Pink' pulled by a bicycle and view the Tiny House Expo.
+ Read More
Update 3
Posted by Lorene Sexton
40 months ago
   Share
As many of you know Chris has added 3 Itsy Micro Shelters to his inventory and with a very generous donation has just purchased the supplies for 3 more! He is completely committed to this endeavor and is he eternally thankful for all the support. Together this project can help change the lives of the homeless.
Sincerely,
Lorene ❤️
+ Read More
Update 2
Posted by Lorene Sexton
49 months ago
   Share
Thought this would help you, Mike Kelley, get an idea of the size.

Chris is in Sacramento today with the Itsy Micro Shelter supporting others protesting an ordinance to require permits to feed homeless people. Stop by and say hello at City Hall, have your photo taken with Chris and an Itsy Micro!

The press will be there to speak with him and that press release will be posted here ASAP.

Thank you to all who are donating, sharing and sending good vibes. It all helps and we send blessings to all of you.

Peace,
Lorene
Chris in his beautiful creation!
+ Read More
Update 1
Posted by Lorene Sexton
49 months ago
   Share
Thank you so very much to all the donors! Chris now has enough to make another Itsy Micro Shelter...please keep sharing and sharing. Many hands make light of work, or in this case many wallets make great things possible!
Blessings to your and yours.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Chrys Fower
21 months ago

Id like to buy one of these, please leave some info for sale

+ Read More
Lisa Carder
41 months ago

Here's the video of Chris's micro shelter for more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgIPeUfG4Hg

+ Read More
Mike Kelley
49 months ago

I really think it would help your cause if you posted more photos. I have no idea of the scale or how this would function in real life. some lifestyle photos would really help sell the idea.

+ Read More
Chris Housley
49 months ago

Thank you everyone for helping to make the world a better place. I just finished putting the final coat of paint on our very first micro shelter. The materials for the second one are leaning against a wall in the shop. With the money that was donated today, I will be able to get a good start on micro shelter number three.

+ Read More
David Taylor
49 months ago

Living in a gypsy wagon and having designed and built custom houses for the wealthy, Chris's experience would seem ideal for this project. Only in California!

+ Read More

$3,867 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 49 months
Created January 3, 2015
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
$50
Anonymous
30 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
31 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
32 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
33 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
35 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
36 months ago (Monthly Donation)
1
1
$50
Anonymous
37 months ago (Monthly Donation)
1
1
$50
Anonymous
38 months ago (Monthly Donation)
1
1
$50
Anonymous
39 months ago (Monthly Donation)
1
1
Chrys Fower
21 months ago

Id like to buy one of these, please leave some info for sale

+ Read More
Lisa Carder
41 months ago

Here's the video of Chris's micro shelter for more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgIPeUfG4Hg

+ Read More
Mike Kelley
49 months ago

I really think it would help your cause if you posted more photos. I have no idea of the scale or how this would function in real life. some lifestyle photos would really help sell the idea.

+ Read More
Chris Housley
49 months ago

Thank you everyone for helping to make the world a better place. I just finished putting the final coat of paint on our very first micro shelter. The materials for the second one are leaning against a wall in the shop. With the money that was donated today, I will be able to get a good start on micro shelter number three.

+ Read More
David Taylor
49 months ago

Living in a gypsy wagon and having designed and built custom houses for the wealthy, Chris's experience would seem ideal for this project. Only in California!

+ Read More
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.