Arroyo Seco: 224 New Beds!
The New Arroyo Seco Tiny Home village, funded and built by the City of Los Angeles, with 117 units and 224 beds, will be the largest tiny home village in California (and the country). With many thanks to Councilmember Kevin De Leon and Los Angeles City Mayor, Eric Garcetti it is the seventh Tiny Home Village to open in Los Angeles County and the sixth run by Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission including three in North Hollywood (Chandler Blvd, Alexandria Park and Whitsett West) and two more in Reseda and Tarzana.
The New Tiny Home Village will open in late October of this year and will immediately provide a pathway for the homeless in the area to break the cycle of living on the streets and find permanent and stable housing. Tiny Homes are an innovative, affordable, and scalable solution to the humanitarian crisis known as homelessness. Unlike traditional shelter or affordable housing projects, tiny homes take a short time to build and assemble, at just a fraction of the cost.
According to the latest homeless count there are more than 60,000 unhoused people in Los Angeles County. Nearly 14,000 of them are living on the streets in and around Downtown Los Angeles. “We have more unhoused people in Council District 14 than Chicago or Houston, the No. 3 and 4 most populated cities in America,” said CD14 Councilman Kevin De León. The Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village will serve unhoused men and women within a 3.5 mile radius of the of the site encompassing parts of Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Highland Park and Monterey Hills.
The Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village is situated on a sliver of the 6.8-acre Arroyo Seco Park on the north side of 110 freeway near Avenue 60. It is being built at the edge of the park on existing asphalt to prevent the destruction of any trees. A hedge will be planted to blend the village with the park’s landscaping, and a nine-foot-tall barrier will be installed on the freeway side to mitigate sound. Several homeless encampments exist in and around this area.
Made by Pallet Shelter, a Washington based company, each tiny home measures eight feet by eight feet and has a locking door, four windows with screens, heating, cooling and electricity, as well as a fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor. The company also provides storage and a folding bed that can be doubled up into a bunk and stowed away when not in use.
The streets can not be the waiting room for our neighbors to wait for permanent housing to be built. We can’t allow the trauma, the addiction and displacement to continue.
–Rowan Vansleve, President/CFO Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
In addition to the homes, the city will supply three hygiene trailers, on-site laundry, water bottle filling stations, designated seating for food distribution and dining, as well as lighting and 24-hour security. Each resident living in the Tiny Home Community has full access to an array of social services including case management, housing navigation, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, as well as job training and placement. Unlike congregant shelters, Tiny Homes allow couples to stay together, as well as keep their pets with them. They are currently intended for interim housing, and within a 4–6-month period, the majority of Tiny Home residents are placed into permanent housing and the unit is to be filled with another deserving client seeking permanent shelter and a better cycle of living.
We exist to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty, hunger and homelessness by offering immediate assistance and long term solutions.
–Ken Craft, Founder/CEO Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
No two people living on Skid Row, or in the Sepulveda Basin, ended up there for the same reasons. But the common thread among all unsheltered Angelenos is the need for a safe place to sleep while we help them find a stable home and a better future.
–Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti
$3000 PROVIDES A HOME!
The Tiny Homes are really amazing. Each one is 64 sq. ft. in size, has two beds, heat, air-conditioning, windows, a small desk and a front door! Onsite, meals, showers, case management, housing navigation, mental health, job training and placement will be provided. We are doing our very best to MAKE HOMELESS HISTORY!
Hope of the Valley is inviting community members to “sponsor” a Tiny Home for $3,000 each. The sponsorship is designed to assist Hope of the Valley with the operational costs of the site. Hope of the Valley has an operational contract with LAHSA for the majority of the expenses incurred as the operator. The “sponsorship” is intended to supplement our existing operational contract. A sponsorship is not a “purchase” of a unit and it by no means covers the cost of building the Tiny Home Communities. The City of Los Angeles is fully funding and building the Tiny Home sites and Hope of the Valley has been selected as the operator.
As a way of saying, “thank you” to Tiny Home Sponsors, Hope of the Valley is offering to place a naming plaque on the unit….Sponsored by….In Honor of …or In Memory of. The plaques will stay in place as long as Hope of the Valley is the provider.
It is important to note that Hope of the Valley was not and is not able to build and operate a Tiny Home site for $3,000 per unit. Building a Tiny Home site, especially when infrastructure costs include adding sewer, water, gas and power is very expensive and the City of Los Angeles is paying these expenses and responsible for building and funding these amazing sites. A $3,000 Tiny Home “sponsorship” is solely offered to assist Hope of the Valley with ongoing homeless services operational expenses, not the cost to build and fully operate a Tiny Home Community.