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The Epoch Times
The Epoch Times
11 Feb 2023

NextImg:Tiny Home Site Opens in Sun Valley, Expected to House 161 Homeless Angelenos

LOS ANGELES—A new tiny home site expected to support 161 homeless Angelenos opened in Sun Valley Feb. 9.

The Branford Village, formerly the site of an encampment, will become an interim housing project with 161 beds and other amenities and resources, according to officials.

Alexis Wesson, chief of staff for the Sixth District, said that 161 people will “have a safe place to lay their heads at night, clean linens, a community area, and countless social services to help them get back on their feet—and stay there.”

Inside a tiny home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Feb. 25, 2021. (Jamie Joseph/The Epoch Times)

“This area is about second chances and about opportunity,” Wesson said. “It’s not meant to be a forever home, but a stepping stone to a better, healthier, safer tomorrow.”

The site will be operated by Volunteers of America Los Angeles, with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority facilitating intakes. Officials said that outreach teams have been speaking to residents of encampments across Sun Valley.

It will be the third interim housing site in the Sixth District.

Also on Thursday, Mayor Karen Bass joined officials at the opening of Lamp Lodge, a supportive housing project in Skid Row that was the result of Proposition HHH funding. Bass wrote on Twitter that the project will provide 81 units for people experiencing homelessness.

“Today represents a continued demonstration of locked arms getting the job done,” Bass said.