South LA Man Gives Homeless Woman New Lease On Life By Building Her Small, Portable House

CBS Los Angeles

SOUTH LOS ANGELES ( — A 37-year-old man in South L.A. didn’t want to see a local woman sleeping on the streets anymore.

Irene McGhee, better known as “Smokie,” has been homeless for more than a decade after losing her husband and her house.

“It was really hard. People talking crazy to you, kids are mean to you, talk about ‘look at that old woman pushing a basket,'” she said.

For the past few years, the 60-year-old has frequented the area around 30th and Van Buren. That’s where she met Elvis Summers.

She’d occasionally come by asking for his recyclables and the two became unlikely friends. And it wasn’t long before Summers knew he wanted to help Smokie out.

“She’s a human being, 60 years old, a mother, grandmother, sleeping in the dirt. It’s just not right,” he said.”

Smokie told CBS2/KCAL9’s Rachel Kim, “He said, ‘What would you think…

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