ON THE BOARDS
New Interim Housing for South LA in the Works
To help combat homelessness, Union Rescue Mission’s planned three-story, 74,866 square-foot facility located in South Los Angeles, will feature 86 residences for women and children in need of housing and support. The new project will include a variety of spaces designed for solace, support, individual growth and engagement for up to 340 women and their children.
The guiding design principle of the Angeles House is the creation of a home like environment that moves beyond the traditional stigmas of shelter housing. By transcending the “dorm style” that is typical of traditional shelter housing and instead taking its design cues from current urban multi-family residential projects in Los Angeles, Angeles House will provide spacious living areas with private bathrooms, storage, functional furniture, acoustic and visual privacy, and an abundance of natural light.
The living areas are flexible and can accommodate a wide range of family sizes so each mother can live with her children as a family unit, enabling her to provide support and care for her family in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.
Further enhancing the healing environment, support spaces include community rooms, recreation spaces, educational and job training classrooms, an on-site day-care, a library, and medical and behavioral health facilities. The facility will help empower, uplift, and restore the dignity and confidence of its residents. The women will be part of a program that provides 12 to 36 months of housing and support while transitioning to permanent housing.