Working alongside the city, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission has built the L.A.'s very first Tiny Home Village on Chandler Boulevard.
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A California community has come up with a life-altering idea to help curb homelessness in Los Angeles. Working alongside the city, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission has built the L.A.'s very first Tiny Home Village and it is exactly what it sounds like. This 39 residence neighborhood will house 85 members of the community on Chandler Boulevard, which is located across the street from North Hollywood Recreation Center, according to PEOPLE.
This is great for temporary housing or homeless. Please let this catch on. I want to help!— Chris✊🏿💯 (@HaroldsBro) February 4, 2021
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Every tiny home is 64 sq. feet in size, and it has two beds, a front door, a small desk, windows, and other amenities like heating and air-conditioning, according to the website. "Onsite, meals, showers, case management, housing navigation, mental health, job training, and placement will be provided," it continues. According to the nonprofit's founder and CEO Ken Craft, this small village will also have an office trailer near the entrance "used for case management, for housing navigation and other essential services to help people get back on their feet."
Describing its residents as an "incredible community," Craft believes that it will be a place "where people will live together, but they all have something in common: They're trying to exit homelessness." He added, "They're trying to overcome the obstacles and barriers that are keeping them unhoused." Speaking to ABC7, Craft said that the village will serve as a refuge for those who have no address. "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," he said.
"When they walk into a place and they see it's theirs, there are four windows, there's fresh air coming in, they can actually stay warm at night, they can stay cool when it's hot," Craft explained. In a video, he shows how space has been utilized brilliantly to accommodate two people comfortably. Meanwhile, the community space has tables and chairs where residents can gather to have "three meals a day" which will be provided by the nonprofit as well. Next, we see the onsite laundry facility that includes five washers and dryers. The vibrant colors- red, yellow, and blue- of the housing units sure look beautiful and the best part is that many of them are compliant with ADA to accommodate people who use wheelchairs. Alcohol is prohibited on-site and residents would have to follow a curfew time.
Each of these tiny homes costs around $7500 to build and this amount includes the cost of material used and labor services. On their site, Hope of the Valley explains that people who wish to support this initiative, a first of many similar undertakings, can sponsor two people by buying one tiny home for $3,000. "What if I told you that you could buy a home in Southern California for $3,000. Like you, I would be all over that! Well, you cannot actually buy one of the Tiny Homes, but you can secure and sponsor your own Tiny Home for $3,000. With your sponsorship will come the satisfaction of knowing TWO people are now housed, no longer living on the streets and receiving the best possible care as they rebuild their lives and position themselves toward permanent housing! PLUS, your name or the name of the person you are honoring will be proudly displayed on the Tiny Home you are sponsoring!" reads the website. "We are doing our very best to MAKE HOMELESS HISTORY!"
The funding is managed by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and people can live in these houses for free until they get on with their life and find a permanent housing solution. "Especially for so many women who are living on the streets, they've been abused, they've been traumatized. To be able to come into their own private space, close the door, lock it... this is a place of safety where they can start their life again," said Craft. The non-profit is planning on opening its second tiny homes community in Alexandria Park by April. It will have 103 homes and 200 beds.