Tiny Home Village opens at Echo Park


LOS ANGELES, CA – A “small family village” that can serve as temporary accommodation for up to 74 homeless people is now open in a former parking lot in Echo Park.

City Councilor Mitch O’Farrell said the site, located at the corner of Alvarado Street and Scott Avenue, has 38 new cabins, showers, restrooms, a laundry room and a dog park. Residents will receive medical care, case management services and three meals a day.

Thirty-two people had moved into the village by Friday, according to O’Farrell, who said his office was working to “transform underutilized land into a safe, secure and managed environment for unhoused Angelenos to call. at home and connect to services. “

The LA engineering office was responsible for site preparation, installation, and construction, and the cabins were supplied by Pallet, which employs formerly homeless people to design and manufacture the cabins.

“The majority of Pallet employees have experienced homelessness themselves,” said Amy King, Founder and CEO of Pallet. “Their first-hand experience has shaped our understanding of what is needed in transitioning and healing housing communities. “

The Urban Alchemy association manages and operates the village. He also operates the “Safe Sleep Village” in Rampart Village and has been involved in raising awareness among homeless Angelenos who lived in Echo Park Lake before the city closed the park in March and reopened it in May.

“There is a humanitarian crisis on our streets today. It is time to act,” said Lena Mill, founder and CEO of Urban Alchemy. “The leadership and vision of board member O’Farrell were instrumental in making a difference. We are passionate about our mission to help the most vulnerable in society and this opportunity to provide a safe and humane environment off the streets, taking another crucial community step towards permanent housing solutions for all. “

The cost of the village of Echo Park was not immediately available, but a small site similar to Alexandria Park in North Hollywood cost $ 43,000 per bed, or $ 8.6 million in total, according to the office. by municipal councilor Paul Krekorian. The 64 square foot units have two beds each. The North Hollywood site is operated by Hope of the Valley, which provides three meals a day, on-site showers, bathrooms, laundry, and advisory and navigation services.

City News Service

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