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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:10 AM

Los Angeles building tiny home villages for homeless

LA's first prefab tiny home village for the homeless opened this year as a 'test case' for the city — see how it's doing now
Brittany Chang May 16, 2021, 4:16 AM


In February, an unassuming and "forgotten" corner of North Hollywood, Los Angeles, was transformed into a colorful village of tiny homes run by nonprofit Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

Now, 43 residents call the Chandler Street Tiny Home Village their (temporary) home, just a few months after the community's February grand opening.

Lehrer Architects, which designed the tiny home community with the city's Bureau of Engineering, had a $3.49 million budget for the project. But foundational work — including street leveling and sewer lines — became the most expensive component of the project.

The nonprofit has already opened its second tiny home village, pictured below, about two miles away from the initial community, riding off of the success of the Chandler site.



Community Of Tiny Homes For Homeless Opens In Reseda

A group of tiny homes for Los Angeles’ homeless population opened in Reseda Wednesday.

The cabin community is made up of over 50 cabins equipped with air conditioning and heating.


Third Tiny Home Village For Homeless Population To Open In San Fernando Valley

The nonprofit Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission and Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield partnered to create the tiny home community, consisting of 52 units and 100 beds, expected to open on June 8.

“We know there needs to be more permanent housing, but we cannot have people just living on the streets until then,” said Rowan Vansleve, chief finance and administrative officer for Hope of the Valley.

The village is not meant to be a long-term solution for the residents. The average length of stay is about six months before the residents are placed in a more permanent place to live, according to Vansleve.

Most of the units have two beds and all are equipped with an air conditioning unit and a heater. Most importantly, each tiny home has a lock.

“For someone who has been a victim of violence, especially women who have been on the street, they walk into a congregate shelter with other people, that becomes another barrier,” Vansleve said. “These tiny homes have that magical locking door. That is the key to get these women off the street.”

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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:12 AM

1. I hope it will help some folks to get back on their feet. nt

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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:48 AM

2. That is awesome. Nt

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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 08:08 AM

3. There is one such outside Austin

They have around 200 units and are looking to expand to hundreds more. They acquired the land before the pandemic.

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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 09:20 AM

4. This is wonderful!

Hope there is increasing popularity of tiny houses.

And I hope that there will be changes to zoning laws that currently restrict them in certain areas. Same with ‘park homes’.

Housing is expensive, and options can be very limited especially for certain segments of the population. Once my husband passes (I expect he will pass before me as he is 7 years my senior), I won’t want to keep a large house. I have been looking at ‘park homes’ and know I could afford one. But, I am restricted on where I can place it and it varies by state, and local zoning laws.

The government wants me to live in a cardboard box on the street, I am convinced of that. We need to address homelessness, and attitudes towards alternative, resonably-priced, safe forms of housing.

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