History of JHUSA

Justiceville, the activism of JHUSA (Justiceville/Homeless, USA), is the non-profit 501(c)3 corporation at the root of Dome Village's existence.  Initiated by homeless activist, Ted Hayes, Justiceville was born in January 1985 during time of a conservative controlled federal government.  It began as a tidy shantytown in the heart of Central City East, otherwise known as Skid Row.  Organized by more than 73 residents, Justiceville’s diverse population consisted of men, women, and children of various ethnicities and even welcomed their pets.

Under Ted Hayes' leadership and a small core of village residents, Justiceville became the first community of homeless people of its kind in the County of Los Angeles.  Shortly after its inception the homeless village became a media hit, with news outlets capturing its saga of surviving  against all odds.  Those odds were a consequence of social service providers, advocates and a mayor who viewed the shanty community as a threat to the status quo of political arrangements in the city.  The strained relations between the popular community, social service providers, and the imminent threat of closure by the authorities, led Ted Hayes to enter a fast that lasted a total of 35 days that ended only upon the closure of the  Justiceville shanty town  on May 10, 1985

Domes as Stablizing Tools

In the late 1940's, Buckminster Fuller invented the Geodesic Dome to improve the housing of humanity. It represented a brilliant demonstration of his synergetic principles.  Craig Chamberlain, a student of Fuller,  invented an innovative, attractive, comfortable and economical dome structure which he called the OmniShpere and showed it to Ted Hayes.

Craig Chamberlain’s invention of the OmniSphere  dome created a unique opportunity  for a new and  innovative approach to housing and homelessness   Ted and Craig began to collaborate on a visionary idea. David Adams, a local downtown businessman also took an interest in the project especially since his ability to do business in the area had been adversly affected by the homeless problem.     

In 1993, a $250,000 a lead grant from the Arco Corporation  provided for a new project with the objective of solving some of the pressing housing problems of today.   This milestone was reached on November 5, 1993 when the Dome Village, originally known as Genesis One, opened its doors to the world’s homeless for the first time.

From 1985 until the opening of the Dome Village, Ted and generations of homeless members of Justiceville, lobbied the government and businesses, held many demonstrations, protests and acts of civil disobedience against homelessness.  Their activism helped to promote the idea of transitional communities to help the homeless to help themselves and promote the goal of creating a model for a National Plan to End Homelessness 

Dome Village has now existed for over 11 years and the success of the project is there for all to see, that even with limited funds,  Dome Village has been the launch pad for many so called lost homeless people to re-enter the community. These successes have been attracting attention both nationally and internationally Ted Hayes and the Dome Village have received visits from HRH Price Edward of England, The Price of Wales Business Leaders Forum as well as government and business dignitaries from various parts of the world.

Adventures in the Journey of Justiceville

Tent City II

Defense of Necessity Trial

Occupation of Pedestrian Tunnels Between L.A. County Hall of Administration and Mall

Big L.A. Freeze (4 homeless people died in one night from hypothermia)

Occupation of L.A. City Hall,

Operation of 1st City-Sponsored Shelter in Little Tokyo

Lobbying in Washington D.C. for McKinnly Homeless Assistance Bill

Urban Campground, Homeless Trek for Justice,

Venice Beach Campaign

Tent City III - Rainbow City,

Return of Justiceville to Downtown: Lawsuit Against City for Destruction of Justiceville Encampment,

Justiceville Retreats to South Central L.A.,

Justiceville Resides at Marvin Gay Mansion,

Justiceville/George Bush/Gulf War and Ted’s 90-day Fast,

Ted Goes to The White House, Justiceville on Pico Blvd.,

Justiceville Models Future Dome Village in West Hollywood,

Enter Craig Chamberlain - Inventor of the Omi-sphere,

Enter David Adams

Ted Runs For Mayor in 1993 Elections,

ARCO Provides Initial $250k for Creation of Dome Village

City of Los Angeles passes first National Homeless Plan Resolution.- October 13, 1998

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors NHP Resolution - January 1999

Santa Monica City  passes NHP Resolution - March 1999

JSAP (Joint Statement Action Plan) is signed, Spring 1999

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