Kaitlin Mahar: Tina Hovsepian: Superhero to the homeless


bAs the semester comes to a close, I thought I’d use my final post to call attention to a woman making a huge difference for victims of income inequality: Tina Hovsepian. Neither a millionaire nor a celebrity, Hovsepian founded the company Cardborigami, which creates housing for homeless and victims of natural disaster that is both affordable and portable.

In an interview with Inventionaries’ Derek Powell, Hovsepian explains that she not only creates shelter to benefit the homeless, but also employs homeless youth to assemble the portable housing she designs, to create “a very meaningful experience for them, as well as giving them a paycheck.”

After studying abroad and seeing the poverty of a third world country, Hovsepian began to think back to her own country, specifically, her home town of Los Angeles, which has been dubbed the “homeless capital of America,” partially due to the dire living conditions and high homeless population of the infamous Skid Row.


In 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that 41,174 homeless people live in LA County. Furthermore, “Los Angeles County’s homeless population rose 15 percent from 2011 to 2013,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I want to be an example of how you can be successful by helping out to make the world a better place,” says Hovsepian. And from her creative and innovative designs that address a real world problem, to the multiple ways in which her organization helps those without housing, this trailblazer is doing just that.


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