These beautiful structures built with scavenged material has given dignity to this homeless community

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The Cob on Wood store offers donated clothes and books. (PHOTO: Instagram / COBONWOOD)
The Cob on Wood store offers donated clothes and books. (PHOTO: Instagram / COBONWOOD)

Tucked under a flyover just beyond a graveyard of charred cars and dumped rubbish, lies an unexpected refuge.

There is a collection of beautiful, small structures built from foraged materials. There’s a hot shower, a fully stocked kitchen and a health clinic. There’s a free “store” offering donated items including clothes and books, and a composting toilet. There are stone and gravel paths lined with flowers and vegetable gardens. There’s even an outdoor pizza oven.

This little community in West Oakland in California in the US developed over recent months to provide amenities for those living in a nearby homeless encampment.

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