People in Los Angeles are offering to shelter the homeless in tiny backyard homes. It could be solution to a spiraling homelessness crisis

Posted On: Sep 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

People in Los Angeles are offering to shelter the homeless in tiny backyard homes. It could be solution to a spiraling homelessness crisis

Los Angeles county is close to building one backyard unit for the homeless as part of its $550,000 pilot program, but the remaining units could be further behind.
Despite interest from both landlords and homeless residents, the county faces a number of logistical and legal barriers.
While the county continues its efforts, the city is looking to secure funding for its own backyard pilot program.
Los Angeles sits at the epicenter of California's homelessness crisis. In the last six years, homelessness has risen by 75% across most of LA county, while the city itself has more homeless residents than Seattle and San Francisco combined. As the state directs more attention to solving this problem through affordable housing, LA has ramped up its own efforts to house the unsheltered.
One of the latest, and most innovative, solutions is the development of accessory dwelling units , or small, secondary units located on a residential property - often found in backyards.
Prior to 2016, ADUs were considered illegal...

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