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LA just debuted a new $8.6 million prefab tiny home village to help solve the city’s homelessness crisis— see inside

To address this issue, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission has opened a new village of tiny homes for people without homes located just a short drive away from the city’s iconic Hollywood sign.

The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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In 2015, the city declared a “state of emergency” on homelessness.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

And in April, the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti proposed allocating almost $1 billion in the upcoming budget year towards helping the city’s unhoused residents.

Eric Garcetti



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Source: Los Angeles Times

But shortly after Garcetti’s announcement, a federal judge ordered the city to offer all of Skid Row’s unhoused residents a shelter or home by October.

A man walks on Skid Row in Los Angeles, California, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A man walks on Skid Row in Los Angeles

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Source: Los Angeles Times

To help alleviate Los Angeles’ growing crisis, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission has been opening villages of tiny homes meant to house the city’s unhoused residents.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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These tiny homes are an alternative to “congregate shelters,” which often take more money and time to build.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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Tiny homes aren’t the “silver bullet” for stopping homeless, but they can certainly help put a damper on the crisis, Rowan Vansleve, CFO of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, told Insider.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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“It’s a moral issue,” Vansleve explained as we sat at the village’s red tables. “You need to house these people in a place that they are safe, where they can be taken care of and they can make that next step out.”

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village, which was built by the city, is being operated by the Hope of the Valley.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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Before this village ever existed, the site was a homeless encampment akin to a “humanitarian crisis” that didn’t have any sewage or electricity, according to Vansleve.

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The inside of one of the tiny homes.

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“I look at people on the street [in their late 60s, early 70s] and some of them could be my mum,” Vansleve said. “They’ve experienced incredible amounts of trauma and they’re left on the street.”

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The inside of one of the tiny homes.

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This is the organization’s second tiny home village. The first village, shown below, is only a few miles away.

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The Chandler Street Tiny Home Village.

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The new Alexandria Park location has 103 tiny homes, 200 beds …

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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… and restroom facilities with 15 showers, sinks, and toilets.

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Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village’s bathroom.

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The village also has outdoor communal areas, including a small dog park, a park that’s yet to be complete …

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The park at the Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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… and a seating area next to the staff members’ offices, which include case managers.

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The Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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The entryway into the village also has lockers for residents to store goods that aren’t allowed inside of the premise, whether it be personal defense weapons or drugs.

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The outdoor lockers at the Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village.

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