New tiny home villages for unhoused residents are in the works for neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, and potentially the Westside.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to authorize the Department of General Services to negotiate an agreement with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission to operate two new interim housing facilities.
The first, slated for a 75,000-square-foot section of Valley Plaza Park at 6099 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood, would include 103 pallet shelters, as well as offices, hygiene station. The village, which would house up to 200 people, would also incorporate outdoor gathering spaces with picnic tables, shade structures, a garden, and room for pets.
Construction of the approximately $14.6-million project is being paid for using COVID-19 Federal relief funds, among other sources.
Completion of the shelter is expected by the end of April.
The second facility would be built on a parking lot for the West Valley Municipal Center, which is located at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Vanalden Avenue. Plans call for up to 55 pallet shelters - housing as many as 104 people - accompanied by hygiene trailers, offices, and space for food services.
The approximately $4.7-million facility, which is also funded through the COVID-19 Federal relief package, is expected to open for residents in May.
The County and Hope of the Valley already operate one tiny home village in the Valley - a shelter serving 39 residents which opened last year on Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood.
Outside of the Valley, Westside Councilmember Mike Bonin is looking to set aside public parking lots safe parking, safe camping, or potentially tiny home villages. They include:
- County-owned parking serving Will Rogers State Beach at 17000 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades;
- a parking lot at 11999 Vista Del Mary serving Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey;
- a County-owned RV park serving Dockweiler Beach at 120001 Vista Del Mar; and
- a County-owned parking serving Fisherman’s Village at 13755 Fiji Way in Marina del Rey.
In a motion introduced earlier this month, Bonin also instructs city staff to explore space for safe camping sites at Mar Vista and Westchester Parks, as well as on privately-owned property at 5000 Beethoven Street in Del Rey and somewhere in the vicinity of Los Angeles International Airport.
"To end homelessness and sidewalk encampments, we need more housing, more shelter, and more services," reads a statement posted to Bonin's website. "We need all kinds of solutions — and we need them everywhere we can put them."