Photos: LA's new $5.1 million prefab tiny home village for the homeless

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LA has unveiled the US' largest prefab tiny home village for the homeless — see inside the $5.1 million community

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The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission… a substantial increase from the 75 beds at the city's first tiny home village in North Hollywood, which opened in February.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.

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Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionSource:Insider This makes the Arroyo Seco development the biggest tiny home village in the country, according to the nonprofit.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

Source: Hope of the Valley's previous communities all featured bright color-blocked tiny homes intermixed with white units.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionAccording to Vansleve, these colorful units keep the villages from looking non-"institutional," he told Insider earlier this year. headtopics.com

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionSource:But the exterior of the tiny homes in the new Arroyo Seco development will be a bit different.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.

Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionInstead of solid colored units, all 117 tiny homes will have varying hand painted designs that'll brighten up the community.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

These designs range from cute cartoon creatures to geometric patterns.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission"Transitioning from homelessness to housing is a hard step, filled with many barriers and trauma," Vansleve said in a press release. "This art will bring healing to residents in the middle of this process."

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionLike the other villages, the tiny homes are all 64 square-feet and can accommodate up to two people.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California. headtopics.com

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Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionThe units all have amenities that can be found in your typical home, just in a more condensed space.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionThis includes two beds, a desk, storage units, outlets, heaters, air conditioners, and windows.

The inside of a tiny home at the Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.Having multi-bed units also allows couples and families to stay together.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.

Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionAnd the village is pet friendly.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionAll of the occupants will also get access to laundry, bathroom facilities with showers, communal tables, and three daily meals …

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission… as well as on-site social services like mental health treatment, job resources, and case managers.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California. headtopics.com

Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionDrugs, alcohol, and weapons are banned from the premise, and the village will also have around-the-clock security.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionSource:

YouTube To help mitigate the sound of traffic, the village has a nine-foot-tall wall on the side of the community closest to the freeway.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionThere's also a hedge that'll help blend the tiny homes into its park surroundings.

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The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionAll of the little living units were built by Washington-based Pallet, which specializes in producing tiny homes for people who have been unhoused because of natural and personal disasters.

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionSource:Insider Tiny homes are all the rage in the real estate world, but there's a practical reason for using them in the fight against homelessness.

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionTiny homes are increasingly being used to help alleviate the homelessness humanitarian crisis.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.

Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionThe villages are faster, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive to create compared to the traditional homeless shelter, or congregate shelters.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.

Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionThis efficiency has allowed the organization to open six tiny home villages in just one year.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionSource:And having individual lockable units allows its occupants to control their own privacy.

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission"What we felt was really missing from the housing spectrum was a dignified shelter option that honored their individuality and allowed them to have autonomy in their rehabilitation process," Amy King, founder and CEO of Pallet, told Insider earlier this year.

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionHowever, the homes aren't meant to house their occupants long-term.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

Instead, the goal is for residents to find a permanent housing solution within their fourth to sixth month stay at the tiny home village.The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionThere are currently over 60,000 unhoused people in Los Angeles, according to the nonprofit.

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionWhile the village won't be able to house this entire population, it'll hopefully provide aid and shelter to those who are ready to move into a home.

The Arroyo Seco Tiny Homes Village in Highland Park, California.Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission"[The village] demonstrates that when it comes to solving homelessness, thinking outside the box and engaging creative leaders across industries produces tremendous results," Kevin de León, a Los Angeles councilman, said in the press release.

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