County Announces 5 Winning Ideas to Build Housing for L.A.’s Homeless

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United Dwellings, one of five winners of a 2019 L.A. County homeless housing challenge, released this rendering of a two-car garage converted into a studio apartment for a homeless person.

United Dwellings, one of five winners of a 2019 L.A. County homeless housing challenge, released this rendering of a two-car garage converted into a studio apartment for a homeless person.

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One idea is to assemble micro communities out of polymer panels. Another is to revive the iconic L.A. bungalow courtyard. A third is to convert two-car garages into studio apartments across suburbia.

Those projects, and two others to build more-conventional housing using prefab modules, have been named winners of the Los Angeles County innovation challenge — a competition for $4.5 million in Measure H sales tax revenue. Fifty-three developers submitted entries, each offering ways to build and finance housing for homeless people.

As fanciful as some of the winning projects may be, they will all end homelessness for dozens of families and individuals, said Phil Ansell, head of the L.A. County Homeless Initiative.

Even more important “is the promise that these approaches will result in hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of units of housing being built in Los Angeles County more cheaply and more quickly,” Ansell said. “Scalability is fundamental to our objective.”

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