Tiny Homes, Big Change: A Better Solution to Combat Homelessness

Tiny Homes, Big Change: A Better Solution to Combat Homelessness

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Edwin Salazar started this petition to Mayor Garcetti and

Homelessness Continues to Grow Every Year in the Los Angeles Area.

Despite the huge amounts of money that has been thrown at the problem in the last few decades, the issue only seems to grow. As of 2020, it was found that 66,436 individuals in Los Angeles were experiencing homelessness. This was a 12.7% increase from the year prior. As of 2021, the numbers most likely will be higher due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prop HHH Has Failed

One of the most recent and major proposals to combat homelessness, Prop HHH, passed in 2016 and pledged $1.2 billion to fund housing for these individuals. This tripled L.A.'s annual production of supportive housing and promised to help build approximately 10,000 units for homeless individuals.

Over 4 years later, only three housing projects — 228 total units — have been completed. In addition, the average cost to build a unit ranges from $500,000 up to $700,000; many of these units being luxury apartment units.

A New Direction is Needed: Tiny Homes

Tiny Homes are an inexpensive option to provide housing to people experiencing homelessness. On a large plot of land, many units can be built that will house a lot of individuals; the larger the land, the more individuals will be able to live on it. Basic Tiny Homes can range in cost from $3000 to $7000 per unit. Compare that to the $500,000+ cost per unit with Prop HHH!

Tiny Homes provide safe, private, and humane residences to individuals. Humans living on the streets needs to end and it can with Tiny Homes.

Simply throwing more money into the same interventions that have little to no success is not an effective strategy. The issue of homelessness is complicated and a new and creative strategy is needed to address this issue from all its angles.

More Than Housing

The permanent solution to homelessness does not end with simply providing a roof over a person's head. Many individuals that are homeless or have a history of it might require support in order to successfully maintain their housing.

Support in the forms of services including mental health treatment, case management, and employment services should also be offered. This support will help people recover from previous debilitating trauma, help with linkage to other needed services, and help those capable of working to acquire the necessary skills and support in acquiring and maintaining employment so that they can be independent.

How Will Tiny Home Villages Be Funded?

There are two options:

1. Shift funds within Prop HHH to prioritize the buying of land as well as necessary materials for building the Tiny Home units. The focus on building very expensive luxury apartments for individuals needs to stop and must shift focus to Tiny Homes. Only very few units of the 10,000 promised in Prop HHH have been built; therefore, there is still time to move the funding on projects that have not started already into Tiny Homes. This is the preferred option.

2. If it is not possible to shift the funds within Prop HHH somehow, a new prop or bill can be proposed. Due to the failure of Prop HHH, there is the chance that the new one will not have the same amount of support that Prop HHH had in 2016. For this reason, a new bill is not preferred but if it is the only way, it is an option to attempt. In this case, every effort must be made to promise taxpayers that their money will not, yet again, be wasted and will instead actually make an impact on the issue of homelessness.

What You Can Do

Sign this petition in order to bring awareness to the many benefits of Tiny Homes and its potential impact that it could have on the homeless crisis in the county. By signing and sharing this petition, you will also show your discontent of the current failing and ineffective strategies in fighting homelessness to the elected officials in Los Angeles. 

As great as Tiny Homes may sound to readers, nothing will even come close to bringing about this desired change without action. Many people have still never heard about Tiny Homes or do not understand it very well in its potential to help with this crisis. 

If you would like to support a strategy that has the potential to actually and finally make a major impact in reducing and hopefully eliminating homelessness for those who would like the help in Los Angeles County, please sign and support this proposal.

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