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Temporary Trailers for Homeless Planned in Downtown City Los Angeles

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This is a story in the LA Times on how temporary trailers are being planned for homeless people in a downtown city lot.

The city plans to build temporary shelter for the homeless on a city-owned lot at the corner of Arcadia and Alameda streets in downtown Los Angeles.1


  • Los Angeles city leaders planning to house dozens of homeless
  • Using temporary trailers on city-owned downtown lot(s)
  • Proposal to be submitted to City Council includes five trailers on a parking lot
  • Trailers would accommodate 67 people
  • Designed for people who are sleeping out in the sidewalks nearby

The shelter would operate for three years with the hope that residents placed there would move on to permanent housing within six months. 1

Read the full article here.


  1. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-housing-trailers-20180116-story.html

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  • Starr Geary
    January 17, 2018, 3:37 pm

    I have for quite some time thought of this for the homeless. My youngest brother is homeless. He enjoys the freedom yet I worry.

  • Scott
    January 18, 2018, 1:41 am

    5 trailers for 67 people? That’s like 13+ people per trailer! I assume it would be just bunk beds along both sides of trailer with privacy curtains?

    • James D.
      January 18, 2018, 1:58 pm

      Just like most homeless shelters, it’s mainly a place to sleep… This one is just mobile and considerably more temporary.

      But they can put them in places they otherwise couldn’t and at lower cost and faster turn around than needing to build permanent structures.

      It’s just a question of whether a six month turn around to get people back into regular housing will actually work that way and even if it does it remains to be seen how many people will still fall between the proverbial cracks in the system.

      Especially, if this isn’t properly coupled with the services needed to get people back on their feet and deal with the reasons why they may be homeless in the first place and provided there’s no affordable housing for people to transition into and they don’t end up just dumping them back onto the streets in a continuous cycle.

      There’s been a lot of good ideas but like cogs in a wheel of machinery, it all has to work together to get any real and lasting results.

  • March 29, 2021, 4:15 pm

    You really need a wholistic approach like Community First Village outside of Austin TX. Where the homeless learn skills, live and contribute to their community. There are several videos if you go to youtube:

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