Take A Look At L.A.’s First ‘Tiny Home Village’ On Chandler Boulevard

By Secret Los Angeles

Los Angeles opened ‘Tiny Home Villages’ made up of 64-square-foot transitional housing this week.

The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with Councilman Paul Krekorian and the non-profit organization Hope of the Valley, has officially opened the first of many ‘Tiny Home Villages’ in North Hollywood. This incredible project seeks to end the housing crisis in the city by creating 64-square-foot structures for Angelenos to call home, as they transition off the streets and into permanent housing. The villages of grey and brightly colored ‘tiny homes’ along Chandler Blvd will have 40 cabins and 75 beds.

This is the first of a series of tiny home communities, with a second expected to open in Alexandria Park this April. It will have 103 homes and 200 beds. Another three villages are underway in the San Fernando Valley and could be completed as early as May with enough space for 150 people.

“One of the most powerful things is when we see people come into this shelter, people that had been living out in the elements, in a tent, under a freeway,” said Ken Craft, president and CEO of Hope Valley Rescue Mission.

Each unit has four windows, heating, air-conditioning, two beds, a storage area, a front door that locks and personalized welcome messages. There are also additional onsite facilities for food and hygiene. Access to mental health services and job training is also provided but it’s an optional service.

In order to live here, residents need to be experiencing homelessness, 18 years or older and living within a 3-mile radius. While there is no time limit on living here, there is a curfew and alcohol is strictly prohibited on the premises. Of course, no one is expected to pay rent, but those living there will need to be on a positive path to permanent housing. 
These villages were created in response to a lawsuit filed by LA Alliance for Human Rights which led to an agreement between the city and county to provide shelter for the growing number of people living under nearby freeway overpasses.
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