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From a brownfield in downtown L.A. originally slated for a prison, VESTA helped build an efficient and cost-effective solution to the growing problem of homelessness, on time and on budget, helping lift a community. Learn how VESTA makes seemingly impossible projects possible — and can do the same for you.
In this case study, you’ll find out…
- Why VESTA succeeded where other projects to address homelessness couldn’t
- How to fund your project through the CARES Act
- How VESTA’s solution serves as a model for future public-private partnerships
- How modular construction scales for even the biggest projects
- Why VESTA’s modular solutions could be the answer to your own city’s challenge
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“…THE 232-BED VIGNES STREET DEVELOPMENT WILL HAVE SHATTERED THE AXIOM THAT HOMELESS HOUSING TAKES YEARS TO BUILD AND IS EXORBITANTLY EXPENSIVE.” – DOUG JONES
The Hilda L. Solis Care First Village is the first homeless housing development of its kind. We, at VESTA, in partnership with Bernards, Crate, ProSet, Guerdon, Hilda Solis and the Public Works professionals in the city of Los Angeles, were able to build a fast and affordable way to improve the lives of the homeless community in the Los Angeles area. In less than five months, we constructed innovative modular homeless housing that features both temporary and permanent structures. This is an unprecedented feat with enormous potential.
A GROUNDBREAKING SOLUTION TO A GROWING CRISIS
There are over 60,000 homeless people in Los Angeles. It’s the city with the second highest rate of homelessness in the US, and despite the pervasiveness of this crisis, little progress has been made to provide permanent or temporary shelter with the services and amenities that are required to break the cycle of homelessness.
Because timing was a critical factor and providing more than just a temporary living space is the key to making an impact, this development was built using modular construction and shipping container construction.
Unlike traditional construction (which only allows you to start assembling the building’s construction after the onsite prep work is completed), modular construction allows you to build units offsite concurrently with the onsite prep, cutting down on time. Shipping container construction utilizes the same principles and has the same benefits, however, a key difference here is that once the shipping containers are on location, they can be bolted together quickly, drastically cutting down the time spent on site.
OVERCOMING HURDLES TO SECURE A LOCATION & FUNDING
The developers and city officials in charge of sourcing the appropriate funding and clearing zoning and permission hurdles used two key strategies to move the project forward rapidly: finding unused land and leveraging funding from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
The site of the development is on an unused and industrial part of town. Finding this location was imperative in order to prevent neighbors and businesses to petition against construction. But more importantly, it is also close to several rehabilitation and social service-related buildings, giving tenants access to services they may need to successfully reintegrate into their communities.
Lastly, and most critically, a significant portion of funding came from the CARES Act. This allowed officials to circumvent some of the time-consuming and nuanced ways in which the county would typically acquire funding.
If replicated, using modular and shipping container construction for homeless housing development has the potential to reverberate across the U.S. and positively impact millions. The Hilda L. Solis Care First Village is testament to the fact that homeless housing can be done quickly, cost-effectively, and with little interruption–while having a positive impact. Will other cities follow suit?