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A new housing paradigm is emerging at the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s EcoHood development in South Central L.A, creating a road map for converting surplus government land into affordable housing, requiring less time and money to build. And the concept is catching on at City Hall.

Mayor Karen Bass has ordered city officials to prepare a list of the city’s vacant and unused properties to determine which ones will be used for building homeless housing. The planned projects could be built using modular components with the focus on construction of long-term units with their own kitchens and bathrooms — standard features in EcoHood models.

LA CAN has created an EcoHood fund to construct homes on suitable parcels on the mayor’s property list.


Over the last 4 years, as the number of unhoused people has exploded throughout the city, Paul Freedman has filmed, and even slept, on the sidewalks of the Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles, just minutes from his home.

In The Dirty Divide, he documents the intimate stories of 6 different residents of Skid Row. These include a “street chef”, an elder gang member, and two brilliant musicians, who come together to inspire a community with their culture and song. Freedman’s experience with these remarkable individuals ultimately transforms his own notions of poverty and privilege while blowing up the myths about folks who end up outside, vulnerable and traumatized.


Combining small-footprint modular residences with solar power and other energy performance features, LA CAN’s EcoHood prototype consists of a dozen 399 square foot 1BR and 2BR units. Each home includes a bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen and living area. Common areas and an organic gardening space will help foster a sense of community in a relaxed environment conducive to pursuing educational and employment opportunities

The price of an EcoHood modular home is $80,000, compared to as much as $800,000 for similar size apartment developed under Prop. HHH, the $1.2 billion homeless housing measure.

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