A homeless man has built himself an extraordinary miniature house from an old cupboard and now lives there on a street in east London. The man, who goes by the name of Lukas K, explained he ‘has to live somewhere’ and after losing everything he decided building himself a house was a better option than sleeping on a bench or by the door of a store.
Lukas is even able to charge his phone whenever he needs it as he positions his house next to a street hub with a charging point. There were fears that Tower Hamlets Council might tear down the house, but they promised not to do so until they could find Lukas in a more suitable place to live.
The 30-year-old says it took him two days to build the house, which he placed on Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green. He lived nearby, but when he lost that house, he had to get creative to put a roof over his head.
Lukas, who grew up in Fulham, received the wardrobe from a friend who would otherwise throw it away. He says he had a good job but lost everything after getting addicted to class A drugs. Now he just wants to be a ‘functional member of society’ and says if he is allowed to stay in his makeshift home, he is happy to pay council tax and the electricity bills he uses to charge his phone.
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Lukas says he had a normal life working a respectable job on the London Underground. But he told MyLondon: “I’ve always suffered from depression because I’ve had a very violent and abusive life. [childhood]. I was a victim of extreme violence and the only way I could deal with it was drugs.
Lukas ended up selling cocaine to feed his heroin addiction, which ultimately led to him spending a year in prison. He added: “I’ve seen people die from it [heroin] and it was the year in prison that made me question myself. You see these people every day and they don’t care anymore, I’ve even seen people’s legs rot.
“I really don’t want that for me. I want to go back to work and help others. I want to inspire others to tell them that no matter how bad things get, you can always make a change.
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He also doesn’t see a problem with his new home being where it is and added, “If my house doesn’t hurt anyone or the way I don’t see the problem.” However, he also added that he absolutely does not want to be a burden on society.
He said: ‘If I could sort it all out, which I’m trying to do, I’d pay council tax in a heartbeat. I want to be an active and contributing member of society and not a drain.
Part of his journey to a better life was to quit using heroin. He said: “The withdrawals were hell and it was painful, but when you have the mental strength to want to change, you’re ready to get through it.”
He also has some great advice for anyone who’s hit rock bottom, and that’s to remember that better days are ahead. He said, “Try to stay strong. What’s written on my house [is that] the rain will stop. The bad times will end and the sun will rise one day.
A Tower Hamlets Council spokesman has confirmed the authority is aware of Lukas’ home and wants to help. They said: ‘We know this person and their situation and are currently working on an accommodation plan for them. We do not intend to clear the structure until we can make an accommodation offer, which we are aiming to do today (Friday) and hope the individual will accept.
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