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These $25K prefab tiny homes were designed to skirt zoning restrictions

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Student designers worked with city planners to create pods that could quickly house L.A.’ homeless population

tiny pods for the homeless Images via Co.Design

Building in Los Angeles is notoriously hampered by a 20-year-old general plan and safety requirements for protecting structures against earthquakes and fires. Combine those restrictions with a bonkers housing shortage and rapidly rising homeless population and L.A. has gotten itself into a bit of a pickle. It takes upwards of two years to build a supportive housing development from the ground-up in the city, but L.A. needs more housing. Now.

That was the challenge Homes for Hope set out to tackle when they designed a modular, 92-square-foot housing pod as the final project of at the University of Southern California’s Homeless Studio. Working with city planners and housing advocates from the start, 11 architecture students created a housing proposal that artfully dodges building restrictions.

The stackable structures are designed for clusters of fewer than 30 beds, avoiding the need for a conditional permit which could delay construction for months or years. The prefab design means the homes can be classified as temporary, “congregant housing” so they aren’t restricted location-wise as a shelter might be. And the on-site assembly for a full 30-bed facility can take just two weeks and cost under $1 million, at about $25,000 per pod.

Each pod contains enough room for a bed, desk, and storage, but the modules can be altered into bathrooms or offices, and combined into larger communal spaces.

Homes for Hope built a working prototype of their pod design and a local non-profit is already fundraising to build a housing complex for homeless women using the pod system. Do check out the full story over on Co.Design.

Via: Co.Design