Homelessness has reached worryingly high proportions in Los Angeles, and the Homes for Hope project is working to solve the problem as quickly and inexpensively as possible. The final project of 'The Homeless Studio,' a USC design and urban planning class, Homes for Hope consists of shelter pods that can be assembled virtually anywhere in LA with far less red tape than other projects.
To be sure, the LA municipal government is very much aware of the homelessness issue. Recently, the city approved a $1.2 billion bond to build 10,000 apartment units to help the chronically homeless. The problem is that LA's draconian zoning laws mean these units could take as long as five years to be built. Home for Hope promises to be a speedier option. By involving city officials in every step of the design process, the students were able to create a structure that can be set up immediately, and for a low cost.