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Dwelling

The Architecture of Homelessness, Los Angeles

More than one in five people who are homeless in the United States live in California


Two-thirds of all people experiencing homelessness in California are unsheltered


Within Los Angeles County, approximately 50,000-60,000 people may be found homeless on any given night


Los Angeles, along with many other California cities, enact “Quality of Life” laws that criminalize (1) standing, sitting, and resting in public places; (2) sleeping, camping, and lodging in public places, including in vehicles; (3) begging and panhandling; and (4) food sharing, placing even more pressure on people in already precarious conditions.

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"Dwelling" provides a visual exploration on the idea of home by looking at the architecture of homelessness and the ways we replicate home-type space through objects and belongings. Made by working with neighbors and friends experiencing homelessness in the Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown and Pico Union areas of Los Angeles, California.

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"Dwelling" is a place to ask questions, start an education, build on a conversation and hopefully, help forge a path towards housing as a provided right.

In Los Angeles as with many places facing a similar crisis, there are many attempts at solutions. With most any adequate choice principles including, “Housing First,” “Harm Reduction” and “Trauma Informed Care” are essential.   Housing First  focuses on moving people experiencing homelessness into housing and providing additional support and services each person needs and wants to stabilize.   Harm Reduction  focuses on reducing and minimizing risky behaviors and consequences associated with drug and alcohol use.   Trauma Informed Care  focuses on understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.

In Los Angeles as with many places facing a similar crisis, there are many attempts at solutions. With most any adequate choice principles including, “Housing First,” “Harm Reduction” and “Trauma Informed Care” are essential.

Housing First focuses on moving people experiencing homelessness into housing and providing additional support and services each person needs and wants to stabilize.

Harm Reduction focuses on reducing and minimizing risky behaviors and consequences associated with drug and alcohol use.

Trauma Informed Care focuses on understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.

Some attempted solutions include Permanent supportive housing such as the Downtown Women’s Shelter, offering landlord incentives to open more housing to lower income tenants, designated places for people living in their vehicles to park overnight and advocacy

Some attempted solutions include Permanent supportive housing such as the Downtown Women’s Shelter, offering landlord incentives to open more housing to lower income tenants, designated places for people living in their vehicles to park overnight and advocacy

Ideas of home and home space vary from person to person but the natural instinct to make oneself a home is something shared by almost every living being. Housing is a Human Right and so may we all work together to find solutions until all people that want a safe, healthy and sustainable home have access to one.

Ideas of home and home space vary from person to person but the natural instinct to make oneself a home is something shared by almost every living being. Housing is a Human Right and so may we all work together to find solutions until all people that want a safe, healthy and sustainable home have access to one.