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Washington group creates portable shelters for homeless

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Jerad Nichols and Donna, who received a portable home on Monday. Jerad Nichols and Donna, who received a portable home on Monday.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Washington man who use to be homeless has a unique solution to help homeless people find housing.

Jerad Nichols, of Hvgs Portable Homeless Shelters, helps create the shelters and is giving them to people who are living on the streets. Nichols wants to expand the program throughout Vancouver and Portland.

Nichols gave a woman in Vancouver a portable home on Monday and gave FOX 12 a tour.

The home is made with fiberglass and plywood. There's a window and storage space inside, and it has wheels to make it portable.

Nichols was inspired to create the homes last year after seeing some stationary shelters.

So far, Hvgs has created 7 shelters.

Nichols knows what it's like to be homeless. When he was a teenager, he slept in a tent with his mom and their dog.

Giving the shelter to a woman on Monday was a great experience.

"Knowing that you're getting somebody up off the ground and giving them a warm dry place to sleep and this woman's not staying out in the elements anymore. It's a great feeling to know that such a little act could do such a huge thing for somebody," said Nichols.

Each shelter costs around $350 to build, they're funded entirely by donations made through a Go Fund Me account.

For more information, visit hutsforhope.org.

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