Save lives. Save the Earth.

Patio at EcoHood
Artist Rendering of EcoHood Site

Los Angeles has witnessed a shocking explosion of homelessness, despite billions of dollars in state aid and voter-approved tax measures to add more housing. The point-in-time count conducted in January 2020 estimated that there were 41,290 people experiencing homelessness in the City of Los Angeles – an increase of 16 percent, from the previous year. 

As an alternative to the skyrocketing costs and inefficiency of the city’s response — median cost of $531,000 per unit of housing; estimated project timelines of three to six years — the Los Angeles Community Action Network is developing a prototype community in South Central L.A. Combining micro homes with solar power and other energy performance features, our EcoHood development will provide stable housing for those in need faster and cheaper while preserving the environment. 

The property is being developed with non-public sources. Each 400 square foot home includes a bedroom, bathroom with shower, fully-equipped kitchen and living area. The goal of the pilot project is to provide a template for how to utilize some of the thousands of city- and county-owned parcels to reduce L.A.’s homeless population at a fraction of cost of traditional construction without harming the planet.

LA CAN maintains that Housing is a Human Right and has engaged in preserving and improving extremely low-income housing since our inception. EcoHood is the newest extension of LA CAN’s critical housing work.

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October 19, 2020

Playing All the Angles

A recurring knock on developing city-owned property for homeless housing is that L.A.’s vast inventory of land includes odd-shaped lots that are considered unsuitable for residential construction. 

LA CAN’s EcoHood development in South Central L.A. overcomes the problem by combining micro homes with solar power and other energy performances features.

Technology is changing the way we think about housing — scalable, prefabricated, energy efficient and architecturally consistent with any neighborhood. The EcoHood prototype community reflects this trend, providing stable housing faster, at a fraction of the cost of conventional construction.

The EcoHood property is being developed with non-public sources. Each 400 square foot residence includes a bedroom, bathroom with shower, fully-equipped kitchen and living area. Common spaces are designed to bring neighbors together in a relaxing environment and build community. The goal of LA CAN’s unique sustainable neighborhood is to create a model for developing housing on some of the thousands of city- and county-owned parcels, including odd-shaped lots.

With three unhoused people dying every day in Los Angeles business as usual is not an option. Instead, City Hall must include community-driven proposals in creating and implementing housing policy. The EcoHood model should be part of an overall action plan to address L.A.’s housing crisis.

Site plan for EcoHood
September 28, 2020

Mayor’s ‘Housing Innovation Challenge’ is no contest: LA CAN wins hands down

A year ago as the average cost per unit of projects funded by homeless housing measure Proposition HHH skyrocketed, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his $120 million Housing Innovation Challenge. The winning proposals have one thing in common — their innovation is debatable.

“Alan Greenlee, executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Nonprofit Housing and a member of the panel that rated the 13 proposals that were submitted, conceded that some of the innovations might not appear dramatically innovative,” as the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. To be sure, half of the winning proposals simply “tweak” the complex Prop. HHH funding model and reduce the average cost per unit to $352,000 from $531,000, according to the Times.

Another approach to innovative housing is the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s eCo2LA prototype community in South Central L.A. Combining micro homes with solar power and other energy performance features, Budlong Square will provide stable housing for those in need faster and cheaper while preserving the environment. 

The property is being developed with non-public sources. The average price per unit of $40,000 (not including site prep) is for a 400 square foot home including a bedroom, bathroom with shower, fully-equipped kitchen and living area. The goal of the pilot project is to provide a template for how to utilize some of the thousands of city- and county-owned parcels to reduce L.A.’s homeless population at a fraction of cost of traditional construction. 

The proposals approved for the $120 million HIC are expected to be completed in two years. Even after a six-month hiatus due to the pandemic, eCo2LA’s Budlong Square residences will be move-in ready in a fraction of that time in an effort to save lives and save the planet. 

No matter how you look at it — cost, construction time, environmental impact — the HIC winners are no match for eCo2LA when it comes to innovation. 

September 14, 2020

Our phones have been ringing off the hook and our email in-box is full!

The response to CNN’s United Shades of America docuseries Aug. 30 homeless episode, in which LA CAN’s Pete White and General Dogon and other Skid Row activists debunked many of the myths surrounding unhoused people has been overwhelming. People are fed up with the status quo and demanding elected officials enact alternative solutions to LA’s housing crisis. And they are contacting us wanting to know how they can help.

With that in mind, we wanted tell you about a major initiative that has picked up steam since the CNN piece was filmed in August 2019.

Despite billions of dollars in state aid and voter-approved tax measures, Los Angeles’ homeless population increased by 14% over last year. Yet elected officials continue to approve costly public-private partnership housing deals that take years to complete, and repurpose old strategies which have never helped people exit homelessness. After analyzing the inefficiency and conflicts-of-interest baked into the city’s response, the Los Angeles Community Action Network launched a strategic initiative to develop innovative housing solutions.

LA CAN’s eCo2LA (eco square) neighborhood development in South Central L.A. utilizes modern construction technologies to build stable housing for those in need faster and cheaper while preserving the environment. By combining micro homes with solar power and other energy performance features, the goal of the pilot project is to provide a template for how to best utilize thousands of city- and county-owned parcels to reduce L.A.’s homeless population at a fraction of cost of traditional construction.

LA CAN believes that the way to end homelessness is housing. If you agree, become a part of the solution by donating to the eCo2LA capital campaign to save lives and save the planet.

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