Homeless people in Los Angeles will live in this stunning apartment complex made from shipping containers -- take a look inside

KTGY Architecture + PlanningA rendering of Hope on Alvarado in Los Angeles, California.

Like many other dense cities around the United States, Los Angeles has a homelessness epidemic. Approximately 46,874 people struggle with homelessness in LA, and most live on the streets full-time.

A new housing project called Hope on Alvarado aims to address this issue.

Local architecture firm KTGY Architecture + Planning has designed an affordable micro-apartment complex that will start housing dozens of LA’s homeless residents by 2019.

Take a look below.


The Hope on Alvarado building will be located in Westlake, a neighbourhood in northwest LA. Construction on the 84-unit complex, developed by Aedis Real Estate Group, will begin in 2018.

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The primary building material will be shipping containers, which will serve as the apartment units.

KTGY Architecture + PlanningA rendering of Hope on Alvarado in Los Angeles, California.

The five-story building will contain studio and and one-bedroom apartments, ranging from 400 to 480 square feet. Here’s what the minimalist interiors will look like.

KTGY Architecture + PlanningA rendering of Hope on Alvarado in Los Angeles, California.

Every resident will have their own bike parking space and access to a central courtyard. The staff on the ground-floor will also offer support services to tenants.

KTGY Architecture + PlanningA rendering of Hope on Alvarado in Los Angeles, California.

KTGY Architecture + Planning is known for their affordable housing projects. This is an affordable residential building completed by the firm in 2014 in Santa Monica, California.

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Hope on Alvarado is one of several shipping container buildings that aims to offer housing to the homeless in the LA area. In early 2017, a 16-unit shipping container building opened in Orange County.

American Family HousingPotter’s Lake, an affordable housing building for the homeless in LA.

Source: Curbed


The rent to live in a Hope on Alvarado apartment is not yet set. But the firm says it will be very low-cost.

KTGY Architecture + PlanningA rendering of Hope on Alvarado in Los Angeles, California.

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