A 56-unit Tiny Home Village had its official opening Thursday in Westlake, where it will provide temporary housing for up to 109 people experiencing homelessness.
The homes are about 8 feet by 8 feet and will be a temporary home for up to two people, with larger cabins available for people with disabilities.
So far, more than 30 people have moved into the Tiny Home Village, which also includes restrooms, hygiene stations, laundry, case management and 24/7 security.
The new village is managed by the nonprofit service provider Urban Alchemy, which also manages the Echo Park Tiny Home Village. Both of the villages are in Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s district and have opened in the last year.
“The most important thing right now is that the work is being done, and that our most vulnerable neighbors are being served. That’s what Urban Alchemy is committed to: Doing the Work and Serving the People,” said Kirkpatrick Tyler, Deputy Chief of Governmental and Community Affairs for Urban Alchemy. `
“We are honored to work with the council office, Daughters of Charity, and our service provider partners to bring more resources, love and support to this community, and we are excited about the new Westlake Tiny Home Village and the impact it will make to change lives.”
O’Farrell’s office said that the tiny homes were manufactured by the social purpose company Pallet Shelter. The shelters are meant to serve as interim housing to get people off the street until they can transition into something more permanent.
“There is nothing compassionate about enabling people to live or die in squalor on the street, which is why we must bring homeless Angelenos into safe, secure, managed environments — as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can,” O’Farrell said.
“The Tiny Home Villages we are successfully bringing to the 13th District are providing shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness, and putting people on the pathway to wellness, stability and permanent housing.”