- Los Angeles will open its latest $US5.1 ($AU7) million tiny home village for the homeless in early November.
- The 117-home, 224-bed community is the largest tiny home village in the US, according to Hope of the Valley.
- See inside the colorful Arroyo Seco development, located about five miles from Dodgers Stadium.
Throughout this past year, the city of Los Angeles has been building and opening several tiny home villages meant to house the city’s unhoused population.
So far, the developments have been a success, and the first site that started this trend already has a waitlist for its beds.
Now, the city’s latest and largest development, the Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village, is gearing up to welcome over 220 people by the first week of November.
The development – which spans 6.8 acres – is Los Angeles’ latest $US5.1 ($AU7) million bid to help alleviate the city’s growing homelessness crisis, Rowan Vansleve, president and CFO of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission (the nonprofit behind the villages) told Insider.
The new village – the seventh of its kind in Los Angeles – is in Highland Park, California, a little over five miles from Dodger Stadium.
Like Hope of the Valley’s previous tiny home villages, the new Arroyo Seco development is located near other homeless encampments, according to the nonprofit.
The new village has 117 tiny homes and 224 beds …
… a substantial increase from the 75 beds at the city’s first tiny home village in North Hollywood, which opened in February.
This makes the Arroyo Seco development the biggest tiny home village in the country, according to the nonprofit.
Hope of the Valley’s previous communities all featured bright color-blocked tiny homes intermixed with white units.
According to Vansleve, these colorful units keep the villages from looking non-“institutional,” he told Insider earlier this year.
But the exterior of the tiny homes in the new Arroyo Seco development will be a bit different.
Instead of solid colored units, all 117 tiny homes will have varying hand painted designs that’ll brighten up the community.
These designs range from cute cartoon creatures to geometric patterns.
“Transitioning from homelessness to housing is a hard step, filled with many barriers and trauma,” Vansleve said in a press release. “This art will bring healing to residents in the middle of this process.”
Like the other villages, the tiny homes are all 64 square-feet and can accommodate up to two people.
The units all have amenities that can be found in your typical home, just in a more condensed space.
This includes two beds, a desk, storage units, outlets, heaters, air conditioners, and windows.
Having multi-bed units also allows couples and families to stay together.
And the village is pet friendly.
All of the occupants will also get access to laundry, bathroom facilities with showers, communal tables, and three daily meals …
… as well as on-site social services like mental health treatment, job resources, and case managers.
Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are banned from the premise, and the village will also have around-the-clock security.
To help mitigate the sound of traffic, the village has a nine-foot-tall wall on the side of the community closest to the freeway.
There’s also a hedge that’ll help blend the tiny homes into its park surroundings.
All of the little living units were built by Washington-based Pallet, which specializes in producing tiny homes for people who have been unhoused because of natural and personal disasters.
Tiny homes are all the rage in the real estate world, but there’s a practical reason for using them in the fight against homelessness.
Tiny homes are increasingly being used to help alleviate the homelessness humanitarian crisis.
The villages are faster, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive to create compared to the traditional homeless shelter, or congregate shelters.
This efficiency has allowed the organization to open six tiny home villages in just one year.
And having individual lockable units allows its occupants to control their own privacy.
“What we felt was really missing from the housing spectrum was a dignified shelter option that honored their individuality and allowed them to have autonomy in their rehabilitation process,” Amy King, founder and CEO of Pallet, told Insider earlier this year.
However, the homes aren’t meant to house their occupants long-term.
Instead, the goal is for residents to find a permanent housing solution within their fourth to sixth month stay at the tiny home village.
There are currently over 60,000 unhoused people in Los Angeles, according to the nonprofit.
While the village won’t be able to house this entire population, it’ll hopefully provide aid and shelter to those who are ready to move into a home.
“[The village] demonstrates that when it comes to solving homelessness, thinking outside the box and engaging creative leaders across industries produces tremendous results,” Kevin de León, a Los Angeles councilman, said in the press release.