Like every major city, Los Angeles has a major problem with homelessness. The numbers there are daunting. Almost sixty thousand people experience homelessness in L.A.
One reason for the high number of homeless there is the winter weather. It’s much easier to live on the streets of southern California from November through March than most other major U.S. cities. That’s why you can drive around and be surrounded by many tent villages.
One community has come up with an idea to help people escape from living on the streets. The city of Tarzana, in the San Fernando Valley, is building a tiny home village. There will be seventy-five small homes, each measuring sixty-four square feet. Each home will be furnished with two beds. They will also have electrical outlets and wi-fi. The village will also have ten bathrooms with ten showers.
Living in a tiny space sounds tough, but it’s safer than living in a tent, a car or in an alley. The small living conditions will start to lead to living a larger and fuller life for the people who escape homelessness.
Getting less than two hundred people off the street may seem like a drop in the bucket when you consider how many are still homeless in Los Angeles. But, solving the issue of homelessness one person at a time is a good thing. The tiny home village in Tarzana is a good start.
This is a post in the ongoing series Faces of HomelessnessType your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.