YouTuber Zach Hsieh, who also goes by ZHC, custom-painted over 100 houses in the country’s largest tiny home village located in L.A.’s Highland Park.
Works of art: A recent video uploaded on the ZHC YouTube channel shows the 22-year-old artist and influencer working with a group of artists to transform 117 tiny homes in the Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village into colorful living quarters back in October.
- Hsieh asked for help from volunteers and hired some of the best painting services at AlexTrendPainters to help him and his friends in decorating the prefabricated homes with creative murals.
- Participants created a variety of colorful designs that included floral motifs, geometric art and cartoon characters.
- In addition to giving character to the houses, Hsieh bought home supplies and clothing to donate to the housing project’s new occupants.
- Some of the volunteers who used to live in similar tiny houses also received gifts from Hsieh, including a car and a $3,000 check.
- The project, which Hsieh and his team completed in the span of 10 days, was unveiled to the public on Oct. 18.
About the housing project: The Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village is part of the “A Way Home” plan, an initiative of L.A. Councilmember Kevin de León which aims to “bring 25,000 new homeless housing units online by 2025,” reported Spectrum News.
- The tiny home village will serve the unhoused locals within a 3.5-mile radius of the area, with priority given to “high-risk individuals,” such as “those at high risk for COVID-19, the elderly, people with disabilities and those who have a sickness.”
- Each unit, which measures 64 square feet, is equipped with “a locking door, four windows with screens, heating, cooling and electricity, as well as a fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor,” among others.
- The Arroyo Seco Tiny Village offers “three hygiene trailers, on-site laundry, water bottle filling stations, designated seating for food distribution and dining, as well as lighting.”
- The small living quarters are designed to give provisional housing to homeless people for six to eight months before they move to permanent housing.
- Hope of the Valley, which runs the site, supports the additional needs of its residents through counseling, mental health services, assistance with arrangements for permanent supportive housing, and more.
Hsieh grew his YouTube channel “ZHC” to over 23 million subscribers by sharing art tutorials, challenges and vlogs along with his girlfriend, Michelle Chin. He has collaborated with MrBeast, Bella Poarch and other popular YouTubers.