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Is there a market solution to L.A. homeless housing?

When the pastor of the South Los Angeles church unfurled his plans to build homeless housing, the council member assumed the visit was about money. “It’s nice, but where are we going to come up with the cash?” Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson recalled asking. Shortly after that meeting, Los Angeles voters passed Proposition HHH, a $1.2-billion bond measure to build homeless housing. Harris-Dawson called the pastor with the good news. “There’s money. Come by my office,” he said. But Pastor Kelvin T. Calloway brushed the offer off. “That’s OK,” he told the councilman. “We got this.” Read More (via LA Times)

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Sustainable houses for the homeless of Skid Row

In Los Angeles, the EcoHood housing project uses prefabricated buildings and new technologies to house people of one of the most problematic neighborhoods on the planet. Skid Row is a “city within a city” that has been home to one of the largest agglomerations of homeless people in the United States for over a century and where thousands of people on the margins of society sleep on cardboard or in temporary tents along the streets. Here, the non-profit association Los Angeles Action Network (LACAN), committed to the social, economic and environmental regeneration of the neighbourhood, aims through the EcoHood project to build more affordable housing – also in relation to the cost of housing under current public housing support programmes – that is quicker to build and with high energy performance to meet the pressing demand for housing that has increased since the pandemic and to reduce the ecological footprint. The technologies

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New Affordable Housing Projects Prove We Can Tackle Homelessness Crisis

In what could signal a paradigm shift in how Los Angeles addresses the homeless crisis, two separate experiments that aim to build housing quicker and cheaper have sprung up in South Central LA and on Vignes Street downtown. Both the EcoHood and Vignes Street developments benefited from cutting-edge modular construction techniques and unique circumstances that allowed for cutting costs and a more expedient construction timeframe. The bulk of the Vignes Street funding came from the Federal CARES Act emergency pandemic relief program, which meant that the project received advantageous speed and cost considerations as well as exemptions from environmental and competitor bidding review. It also received the support of the county’s efficiency-oriented Public Works Department. Vignes Street rose on a 4-acre county-owned parcel and EcoHood broke ground on a privately-donated lot, giving the projects a huge leg-up considering LA’s sky-high land costs. Read More (via Knock LA)

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