Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission recently opened a Tiny Home Village to provide interim housing and services
for people without homes in Los Angeles. The village, which occupies a
one-acre plot in North Hollywood, has 39 units, on-site laundry, and hygiene
trailers where residents can shower and use the restroom. The community
also has counselors available to help with mental health, legal issues,
and job searches, as well as an outdoor space where residents can socialize.
A sample unit has 4 windows, 2 beds, shelving, and an A/C unit. Residents
are “cramped but comfortable” and tell
WANE that the community is “god sent,” and “the best thing that’s happened to us in a long, long time.”
Are Tiny Homes the Solution?
Advocates have presented
tiny houses as the solution to California’s housing crisis, as they present
an affordable option in an expensive big city. Not only can tiny homes
be used to help the homeless, but they can also help people downsize,
seek simplicity, build local communities, and save money.
Other California cities, like
Redondo Beach, San Jose, and Sacramento have also used tiny homes to provide temporary
shelter to those without homes, and the model is thriving nationwide.
Tiny home villages are safer and more visually appealing than tent encampments,
and the total cost for North Hollywood’s project was $5 million.
With a price of $7,500 per unit and charitable sponsorships of $3,000
per unit, Hope of the Valley’s Tiny Home Village is engrained in
the local community and popped up in a matter of weeks. The project has
been so successful that 2 more tiny home villages are under construction
in North Hollywood, and more are planned in other Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Is a Tiny Home Right for Me?
Like mobile homes, tiny homes have benefits and drawbacks. Still, resident-owned
mobile home parks and tiny home villages provide an almost utopic vision
for the future. As cities like Los Angeles embrace the tiny home lifestyle,
we anticipate more and more tiny home communities will pop up. Soon, the
tiny house movement will expand beyond homeless housing and create
an affordable housing option for countless people across the state and country. Hopefully, these affordable,
sustainable villages will avoid the many pitfalls of mobile home parks.
If you’re considering purchasing a tiny home, we urge you to speak
to an attorney beforehand. There are many legal obstacles to consider,
and at the very least, you want to be prepared for any disputes that arise
with potential landowners or the city itself.
Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, we have been handling both
mobile home law and
real estate law since 1987. We know exactly what tiny homeowners are up against because
we have been solving problems like yours for the past 30 years.
If you want to know if a tiny house is right for you or make your dreams
of downsizing a reality, discuss your case with
our top-rated attorneys at (888) 998-2031 or