With a housing crisis heightened by the supply shortage, Council District 1 and the Mayor's Innovation Team embarked on a Pilot Program that tests how an Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) can be both affordable and contextual.
With a construction loan provided by Genesis LA, designer LA-Más worked with residents of Highland Park to design a new 1,000 sq. ft, two story, two bedroom home with a garage within a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. This Pilot Project was made possible with the support of Nous Engineering as the structural engineer and Habitat for Humanity as the general contractor. This project will serve as a model for affordable construction, contextual design, financial loan innovation, and future ADU policy.
In May 2017, LA-Más was awarded a HUD Section 4 Capacity Building Grant for Community Development and Affordable Housing from the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC). This grant has supported LA-Más in laying the groundwork for The Backyard Home Project: An Affordable Housing Initiative - which aims to support the creation of more affordable housing units in the City of LA for Section 8 voucher holders.
LOCATION | Los Angeles, California
ARCHITECT | LA-Más
STAFF LEAD | Elizabeth Mahlow, PE
DURATION | In Progress