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Kanye West ‘hiring homeless to model his new Yeezy x Skid Row Fashion Week collaboration’

Kanye West is taking his desire to help the homeless community in Los Angeles one step further.

The rapper, 44, is collaborating on a new a fashion line with streetwear brand Skid Row Fashion Week which benefits the unhoused, according to TMZ.

David Sebastian, who founded Skid Row Fashion Week, revealed they are creating a Yeezy x Skid Row Fashion Week range with plans to hire the homeless as models in an upcoming fashion show.

Doing good! Kanye West is collaborating on a new a fashion range with streetwear range Skid Row Fashion Week which benefits the unhoused; pictured November 2021

Skid Row Fashion Week already aims to help those experiencing homelessness with a portion of sales donated to assist those living on Skid Row. The company also has their clothing made through a factory which employs the homeless.

Sebastian told the site he and Kanye decided to collaborate on the project earlier this month, and plan on having 100% of proceeds from the new range assisting the Skid Row community.

Proceeds from the line will also go towards hiring those experiencing homelessness to be employed at the Skid Row Fashion Week factory.

Sebastian says they also want to hire the factory workers to serve as models in an Upcoming Yeezy X SRFW fashion show.

The brains: Sebastian told the site he and Kanye decided to collaborate on the project earlier this month, and plan on having 100% of proceeds from the new range assisting the Skid Row community;  West pictured with Sebastian

The brains: Sebastian told the site he and Kanye decided to collaborate on the project earlier this month, and plan on having 100% of proceeds from the new range assisting the Skid Row community; West pictured with Sebastian

In addition, the duo want to incorporate items found on Skid Row into the outfits. A trash bag puffer jacket is one of the items of clothing they are considering.

The new collaboration will be released on February 22, and Sebastian has already begun to tease the collaboration on his Instagram with various ‘YZY x SKD’ designs posted to his account.

This is not the first time Kanye has expressed interest in helping the homeless community.

In November, Kanye met with charitable organizations and came up with strategies in an attempt to ease the rampant problem in the city, according to TMZ.

Speaking up: This is not the first time Kanye has expressed interest in helping the homeless community;  pictured January 2022

Speaking up: This is not the first time Kanye has expressed interest in helping the homeless community; pictured January 2022

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving last week, the artist famously dropped off 1,000 meals to the LA Mission and the publication reports that he had taken the time to meet with those in charge including CEO of the organization Reverend Troy Vaughn.

The publication reports that during the sit-down, the estranged husband of Kim Kardashian laid out four ways he believes he can help the homeless.

The first thing the rapper wants to do is create a plan to continue feeding the homeless by opening up a working relationship between the philanthropic organizations throughout the city.

Ye also wants to utilize his own companies as a way of helping to provide education, employment, and housing.

The Stronger rapper also believes that being able to use his platform including his religious Sunday Service could help inspire and uplift the LA community according to TMZ.

Lastly, he wants to create partnerships with other groups in taking on the crisis so they could unite in their efforts to eliminate the homeless situation with his vision in mind.

The housing crisis has been a huge issue for Los Angeles and as of January 2020, there were more than 66,400 homeless people in Los Angeles County, with 41,000 within LA city limits, including thousands on Skid Row, according to the city’s most recent homeless count . The city’s estimated homeless population is second only to New York’s.

While the homeless population was once largely confined to the notorious Skid Row neighborhood in downtown, rows of tents, cardboard shelters, battered RVs and makeshift plywood structures are now familiar sights throughout the nation’s second-most populous city.

Doing his part: On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving last week, the artist famously dropped off 1,000 meals to the LA Mission and the publication reports that he had taken the time to meet with those in charge including CEO of the organization Reverend Troy Vaughn;  pictured January 2022

Doing his part: On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving last week, the artist famously dropped off 1,000 meals to the LA Mission and the publication reports that he had taken the time to meet with those in charge including CEO of the organization Reverend Troy Vaughn; pictured January 2022

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