Joel Callen


Fri, 5 Jun, 2015

Meet the 9-year-old girl who builds shelters for the homeless

Meet the 9-year-old girl who builds shelters for the homeless

A 9-year-old girl from Washington in the USA is creating individual shelters for the homeless people in her community. Hailey Ford plans to make 11 of the tiny homes to place in the permanent Tent City within her town of Bremerton.

“It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people,” Hailey said, speaking with KING 5 News. “I think everyone should have a place to live.” The houses are eight-feet by four-feet wooden structures that Hailey’s mother and grandfather are helping put together.

Hailey was first inspired to help the homeless people in her community four years ago when she met a homeless man, Edward, who had lost his job at a local grocery store. Hailey and her mother bought Edward a sandwich, but the young girl wanted to find a way to provide food to people in need. Thus began Hailey’s Harvest, a garden Hailey used to donate almost 60kg of produce in 2014.

As Hailey’s Harvest grew, so did Hailey’s aspirations, until she had plans for the shelters. Her mother, Miranda, applied for a grant from Together Rising, organised by website With the US$3000 Hailey was awarded, and a 50 per cent discount from the local hardware store, Hailey was ready to go.

Along with building the homes, Hailey hopes to grow 115kg of food, and distribute 1,000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products and 100 coats. The first shelter finished, however, is going to Edward. Miranda told The Huffington Post that the hose will be painted colours that Hailey and Edward have agreed on together.

You can visit Hailey’s Harvest Facebook page here for more updates about Hailey’s inspiring work.

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