LOS ANGELES - With the homeless crisis came a call to action, an invention by a local non-profit. The Man/Kind Initiative created the EDAR, a mobile shelter for transients. It's the latest in their works of compassion.
EDAR (pronounced ee-dar) stands for "everyone deserves a roof." It's like a portable pop-up tent. An EDAR costs about $800 to make. There are about 300 placed across the U.S.
Man/Kind Initiative co-founder Richard Stellar says they are placed near services for the homeless. Stellar says the EDAR is not the solution to the homeless crisis but it is "a" solution.
- Gov. Newsom proposes to force some homeless people into treatment
- LA spending up to $837,000 to house a single homeless person
- 2022 homeless count getting underway in LA County
- Orange County begins first homeless count since COVID-19 pandemic
The Man/Kind Initiative is trying to raise a million dollars to EDAR house and feed one thousand people. The music behind their fundraising video is Paul McCartney lending a 1970's song from his first solo album titled Junk and honoring memories. Stellar says one unhoused man told him "memories are all I have."