The City Council’s Economic Development and Technology Committee will discuss small towns as a strategy to address homelessness.
According to a staff report, the need for temporary non-collective housing has become more urgent since the start of the pandemic.
The “small residential villages” model has become popular nationally and locally, and regulations for small villages have been adopted by several jurisdictions in California.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many issues that already plague the city‘s homeless population,” according to a report from city staff. “Social distancing guidelines have forced the city’s collective shelters to reduce capacity by up to 75%.”
The spaces in which customers reside are single-family dwellings of less than 100 square feet of floor space, offering separate and independent accommodations, and include basic functional areas for sleeping, toilets/showers and laundry. Dwellings can be on a foundation and/or on wheels.
Units generally consist of one or two bed units, air conditioning, heating, laundry, outdoor dining area, toilets and showers. External security is also generally ensured.
Villages have been built near Eagle Rock and Highland Park. Other facilities have been set up in Montebello and North Hollywood.
In March, the city’s Office of Economic Development provided information about vacant city-owned land in Pasadena in response to council members’ request for information about properties that could potentially be used for a small community of shelters for the homeless.
Currently, there are 12 vacant municipal properties in Pasadena. Property sizes range from 0.1 acre to 1.15 acre.
Vacant properties include a 50,000 square foot property along Del Mar Boulevard previously used for a nature center and a 46,609 square foot property in South Kinneloa currently used temporarily by the city’s Department of Transportation for store K-rail restaurants on the street.
At this meeting, a community member asked the town to use a vacant property for a small village.
In 2021, local residents living in West Pasadena expressed concerns about the nearby Eagle Rock project. Los Angeles lawmakers admitted they had not discussed the project with neighboring cities.
“While I was concerned and very skeptical about the tiny home development near the western edge of Pasadena on Figueroa Street in Eagle Rock, I also know that every idea needs to be thoroughly discussed to help bring the tragedy of the homeless under control. shelter,” said Robin, a local resident. Salzer. “If churches and private landlords can provide space, utilities, security, medical assistance, and guidance, I think the Pasadena Edtech Committee should look at all available options. A small house could/would be a better option than a tarp or a tent under a highway or in the Arroyo”.
In January, volunteers counted 512 homeless people in Pasadena on count night.
The number is down slightly from 2020, when 527 people experiencing homelessness were counted.