Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission is set to open the largest tiny home village in the country later this month, providing 224 beds for people experiencing homelessness at the new Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village.
The new complex at 5982 Arroyo Drive will feature 117 two-bed units built on a small portion of the 6.8-acre Arroyo Seco Park, north of the 110 freeway. Funded and built by the city of Los Angeles, the village is the seventh to open in the county and the sixth run by Hope of the Valley as part of a growing effort by the city to address the homelessness crisis. The new tiny home village will open later this month, serving unhoused people within an approximate 3-mile radius of the site, which encompasses parts of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park and Monterey Hills.
Each tiny home, made by the Washington-based company Pallet Shelter, measures 8 feet by 8 feet and includes locking doors, windows with screens, folding beds, as well as heating, cooling and electricity. Unlike traditional congregant shelters, tiny homes allow couples to stay together, keep pets with them, and provide private space. They are currently used for interim housing, with the majority of tiny home residents placed into permanent housing within six months.
In addition to funding the building of the homes, the city will supply hygiene trailers, laundry and water bottle filling stations, as well as lighting and security for the community. As with each of Hope of the Valley’s villages, each resident living in the community will have access to social services including housing navigation, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, as well as job training and placement.
Hope of the Valley will host an open house for community members to visit the tiny home village from Oct. 15 to 17, prior to residents moving in. The village will begin accepting new residents at the end of the month.