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LA's Tiny Home Villages

Housing the Homeless

Posted on July 13, 2022

Ending the Homelessness Crisis

Having grown up in Los Angeles, homelessness has always been an issue that I was aware of, but I never remember it being as visible as it is today. Recent counts put the number of the unhoused in Los Angeles County at about 60,000. That is a lot of people.

While on my flights over the last few years, I've started noticing these tiny clusters of small structures popping up throughout the city. They were small, in gated compounds, and often brightly colored (like in the image below). I've never seen them while driving around, but from the air they are definitely noticeable.

Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village in Highland Park, California

So what are they?

They are Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission's Tiny Home Villages. With 6 tiny home villages in total (so far), Hope of the Valley and the City of Los Angeles have been able to provide over 1,000 beds and an equal number of meals to unhoused Angelenos. These interim housing communities, composed of hundreds of 64 sq ft structures, allow residents to take advantage of meals, case management, mental health services, housing navigation, job training and placement, providing an immediate pathway for the homeless to break the cycle of living on the streets and find permanent, stable housing.

Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village in North Hollywood, California