The Sycamore Cabin Community, located behind Blumenfield’s District Office at Vanowen and Yarmouth in Reseda, features 52 tiny homes with 100 beds for people experiencing homelessness in the West Valley district.
“Our cabin community will improve the lives of both the homeless and the housed residents in the West Valley, providing a safe and stable environment for the most vulnerable folks in our city,” Blumenfield said in a statement. “We need more innovative solutions like cabin communities so that we can help more unhouse people transition into permanent housing, as well as reduce the many humanitarian and health issues that arise from people living on the streets.”
Hope of the Valley has opened three tiny home projects in the last year, with plans for an additional Tarzana community coming soon.
The Sycamore Cabin Community features several changes that have reduced the cost of construction compared to those previously opened in L.A., including simple anchors replacing concrete pads for the foundations.
Each tiny home measures 64 square feet and has two beds, heating and air-conditioning, windows and a small desk. The development’s shared amenities include laundry, three meals a day, restroom facilities, 24/7 security as well as case management and drug and mental health counseling.
“The streets cannot be the waiting room for permanent housing. At Hope of The Valley, we believe in interim housing and permanent housing. It’s not a question of either or, the fact is we need both,” Ken Craft, chief executive at Hope of the Valley, said in a statement.