How Lehrer Architects Are Dealing with Homelessness in Los Angeles

Homelessness has been a problem that has been growing at a rate of nearly 17% per year. Los Angeles’ homeless population has now reached more than 60,000, with almost 14,000 people living in Downton Los Angeles. This is a clear call for action. Lehrer Architects and the Bureau of Engineering for Los Angeles created a community project that transformed an infill lot into small homes for unhoused Angelenos by using prefabricated pallet shelters’.

Tiny homes offer a cost-effective, innovative and affordable solution to the humanitarian crisis. They take less time to build than traditional shelters or affordable housing projects and are also more affordable. This project is a key component of the city’s emergency response. It helps people get into safe, healthy shelters that can help them transition to permanent housing. These interim housing solutions have helped an increasing number of homeless people find safety and security as they make their way to permanent housing.

Alexandria Tiny Homes Village. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

“The streets should not be a waiting room for permanent housing.” Ken Craft, CEO & Founder of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

The Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village, located opposite North Hollywood Park is an amazing community that allows individuals to help one another and uplift each other. It also shares one thing in common: their desire to escape homelessness and overcome any obstacles that keep them from being housed within the city. Lehrer Architects deliberately designed a plan that combined spatial character, color and efficiency with logistical efficiency in order to create a community space of model quality. This project exhibited a level of design sensibility, beauty, and efficiency not usually seen in these types of projects.

Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

After the Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village was completed, Alexandria Park Tiny Village Home, the second city-run emergency response team, could be deployed to house more than twice as many people than its predecessor. Alvarado Tiny Homes Village, one of the smaller housing developments is able to accommodate all the amenities and units on the existing parking lot while also creating a central open space.

Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

Bright and cheerful colors are used to create a sense community and enhance the individuality of each site. Lehrer Architects believes that building a home is about creating a safe, loving, and secure environment for people. This series of homeless housing projects serves as a model for how to improve a community’s quality of life by providing dignity through design for those most in need.

Lehrer Architects has provided many solutions to the Los Angeles homelessness crisis. These projects are no exception. These interim housing solutions continue to be a lightning-quick, collaborative, innovative, efficient, beautiful, and effective solution to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles. However, with continued collaborations across these collaborations there is still room for growth and expansion that can help to transform the situation.

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