Mayor Garcetti celebrates opening of the largest tiny home village in United States

 
10/23/2021

Mayor Eric Garcetti today cut the ribbon on the Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village in Highland Park — providing 115 tiny homes and 224 beds for Angelenos experiencing homelessness, making it the largest project of its kind in the country. 

“Solving homelessness demands creative and lasting solutions that meet the immediate and critical need for housing today, while giving our unhoused neighbors a path to a permanent place to call home tomorrow,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The only way to end this crisis is with more long- term and quality housing options — and as the largest tiny homes village in the country, the Arroyo Seco Village is the latest milestone in our commitment to deliver healing and hope to our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Today’s announcement, which was made possible through a partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and a combination of state and federal funding, marks the opening of the City’s eighth tiny home village. Construction for the project took just over four months, and the estimated cost of the project is $6.3 million, or $28,000 per bed.  The shelter will be run by Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. Clients are expected to begin moving in on November 2nd. 

Each tiny home has a bed, shelving, full A/C and heating, and access to storage for pets and additional belongings. Services at the village will include three meals per day, social services, and counseling, as well as staffers dedicated to connecting residents to permanent housing. There are also showers, restrooms, and a laundry facility on site.

“The Arroyo Seco tiny home Village is all about restoring Hope to people whose lives have been shattered into 1 million pieces by homelessness,” said Councilmember Kevin De León. “This is a crisis of despair and hopelessness affecting us all. But that’s changing and today marks another step toward reversing the pain and suffering to those on our streets who are experiencing it.”

Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has acted with unprecedented urgency to confront the homelessness and housing crisis — from expanding the homelessness budget to nearly 100 times what it was eight years ago, to launching the A Bridge Home shelter program, which has housed nearly 4,000 distinct residents while HHH-funded projects are built. 

In Mayor Garcetti’s Justice Budget, he proposed and passed the largest-ever single commitment to solutions to homelessness in L.A. history. At nearly $1 billion, the budget more than doubled the City’s spending on the issue, aims to create over 5,000 additional housing units through Proposition HHH, and includes nearly $200 million for the development of affordable housing, homeless prevention, eviction defense, and other homeless services.

SOURCE: https://www.lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-celebrates-opening-largest-tiny-home-village-united-states


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