Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen is temporarily moving into a tiny home Tuesday to highlight a potential solution to student homelessness.
Guillen, who represents District 2, said he plans to spend two days occupying one of two 10-foot-long dwellings built by Laney College students with an $80,000 grant from Oakland.
He said Laney College students, selected by application, will move into the homes later this week, probably for the duration of the academic year, after he moves out.
"Before the students move into those homes, I thought if I'm going to be asking other people for live in these homes, I should try it out myself first to make sure it is a comfortable experience," Guillen said in a phone interview Monday.
The two tiny homes are located on the parking lot of West Side Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. Guillen said each structure contains many of the features of a regular home, including a bed, shower, sink, toilet and hot plate for cooking. There's even a small patio.