A city-owned parking lot in West Los Angeles is set to be converted into interim housing, 5th District City Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky announced this week.

The property at 2377 Midvale Avenue, which occupies a corner lot at Midvale's intersection with Pico Boulevard, sits directly northwest of the former Westside Pavilion - and therefore the Google-anchored One Westside office complex.

“Anyone who has walked or driven on the Westside can tell you that the increase in the number of people living in tents is alarming,” said Yaroslavsky in a news release. “We cannot keep waiting for the problem to solve itself – we need real solutions that we know work, and we need them quickly. While thousands of units of permanent housing are being constructed across the City, no interim units are in the pipeline in Council District 5. We need interim solutions now that we know will work.”

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LifeArk, a Los Angeles-based which manufactures modular structures, has been tapped to build the interim facility. Because of the use of prefabricated structures, the build-out at 2377 Midvale is expected to be completed over the course of a few months. Each unit will have its own bathroom, as well as access to laundry facilities, storage, and daily meals.

After completion, LA Family Housing has been selected to manage the facility, which is intended to serve as a bridge between residents experiencing street homelessness and placement in permanent supportive housing. The interim facility will also have services, including specialists in mental health and substance use disorders and employment assistance.

The proposed interim facility has been announced in the wake of the most recent Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which found that the number of unhoused residents within city limits has increased by 10 percent in the past year. Yaroslavsky, who was recently in the news for the clean up of an encampment on the Palms-Culver City border, indicated that at the time she took office in late 2022, there were just 100 interim housing units available for the 5th District's 1,300 unhoused residents. Residents of the former Jasmine Avenue encampment were moved into hotel rooms, according to a representative of Yaroslavsky's office.

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