Tiny home village to shelter homeless Angelenos opens in Echo Park – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — A “tiny home village” that can serve as interim housing for up to 74 people experiencing homelessness is now open in a former parking lot in Echo Park.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said the site, located at the corner of Alvarado Street and Scott Avenue, has 38 new cabins, showers, restrooms, a laundry area and a dog run. Residents will be provided with medical care, case management services and three meals a day.

Thirty-two people had moved into the village as of Friday, according to O’Farrell, who said his office worked to “turn an underutilized lot into a safe, secure, managed environment for unhoused Angelenos to call home and get connected to services.”

The L.A. Bureau of Engineering was responsible for site preparation, installation and construction, and the cabins were provided by Pallet, which employs formerly unhoused people to design and manufacture the cabins.

“The majority of Pallet’s employees have personally experienced homelessness themselves,” said Amy King, Pallet’s founder and CEO. “Their direct experience has shaped our understanding of what is needed in transitional, healing shelter communities.”

The nonprofit Urban Alchemy manages and operates the village. It also runs the “Safe Sleep Village” in Rampart Village and was involved in outreach to unhoused Angelenos who were living at Echo Park Lake before the city closed the park in March and reopened it in May.

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