Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley 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 flights over the last few years, I've started noticing these clusters of small structures popping up throughout the city. They looked like tiny homes, in gated villages, and often brightly colored. I've never seen any of these tiny home villages while driving around, but from the air they are definitely noticeable.
They are Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission's Tiny Home Villages. With 6 new tiny home villages in total (so far), Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission 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 homeless housing communities, composed of hundreds of 64 sq ft structures, allow tiny home 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.
The largest tiny homes village is the Arroyo Seco Village in Highland Park, California, which houses 224 residents. Scroll down to see more Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village photos, as well as photos of other tiny home villages).