Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, on June 21 announced that the Tiny Home Village for people experiencing homelessness is fully operational in Echo Park, with over 30 residents now living and receiving services on the site of a former parking lot.
“Tiny Home Village is the latest in the comprehensive network of housing solutions my team and I have brought to Council District 13,” O’Farrell said. “We worked diligently to turn an underutilized lot into a safe, secure, managed environment for unhoused Angelenos to call home and get connected to services.”
Tiny Home Village is located at the corner of Alvarado Street and Scott Avenue and includes 38 cabins for up to 74 people experiencing homelessness. Pets are also accommodated, and there is a dog run located on site. The location includes 24/7 on-site personnel, hygiene services, restrooms, laundry, case management, medical care and three nutritious meals per day. As of June 18, 32 residents have moved into the village.
The shelters are provided by Pallet, a social enterprise that employs formerly unhoused professionals to design and manufacture sleeping cabins. Site preparation, installation and construction was performed by the city’s Bureau of Engineering.
“The majority of Pallet’s employees have personally experienced homelessness themselves,” said Amy King, founder and CEO of Pallet. “Their direct experience has shaped our understanding of what is needed in transitional, healing shelter communities.”
Tiny Home Village is managed and operated by the nonprofit Urban Alchemy, which also runs the Safe Sleep Village in the Rampart Village neighborhood of Council District 13 – the first such project financed and constructed by the city. Urban Alchemy also provides dedicated outreach to unhoused individuals in O’Farrell’s district and is known for its compassionate and effective engagement with clients.
“There is a humanitarian crisis happening on our streets today. The time for action is now,” said Lena Miller, founder and CEO of Urban Alchemy. “The leadership and vision of Councilmember O’Farrell have been instrumental in making a difference. We are passionate about our mission to help society’s most vulnerable and about this opportunity to provide a safe, humane environment off the streets, taking another crucial community step toward permanent housing solutions for all.”