Los Angeles’ newest “tiny home village” opened Friday in Tarzana to provide transitional housing to 150 people experiencing homelessness in the area, and the cost per cabin is nearly half of other similar projects.
The “Sunflower Cabin Community” is operated by Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, which operates other L.A. tiny home villages as well. Each unit, which has two beds, costs the city about $54,000 and includes an air conditioner, heater and electric installation. The price is a decrease from other tiny home villages, which have cost up to $100,000 per unit. Blumenfield’s office said the site features changes that reduced the cost, including anchors to replace concrete pads for the foundation and light colored paint treatments on both the cabins and surrounding asphalt to reduce heat.
“Hope of the Valley is honored to partner with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield in this innovative project. Because of his leadership, this site will bring people immediately inside and start the journey towards permanent supportive housing,” Hope of the Valley CFO Rowan Vansleve said.
The tiny home village’s residents are provided laundry access, three meals a day, restroom facilities, 24/7 security, case management and drug and mental health counseling. Pets are also allowed at the site, which includes a dog run.
People interested in seeing the site can take a guided walking at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday or Saturday. People can sign up at bit.ly/3yjrAgo.
“With today’s opening of our second Cabin Community, we are opening more lifesaving opportunities for the unhoused folks in my district,” Blumenfield said.
“This site will serve as the first step out of homelessness for so many and I’m so grateful to our friends at Hope of the Valley for being incredible partners on this effort.”