Los Angeles, CA
The Women's Village was built to provide a safe haven for women seeking a permanent end to homelessness through employment. This $8-million, 35,892 s.f., mixed-use transitional housing project in downtown Los Angeles is situated on a half acre. Phase III includes 21 one-bedroom, 540 s.f. apartments and a two-bedroom, 750 s.f. manager's unit.
The project consists of three stories over a street-level garage and The Village Bakery. The Village Bakery, a retail bakery and cafe, provides employment assistance and work experience for the women at Good Shepherd to ease their transition from being homeless to achieving a living wage. The second floor has an employment and client service center, a computer training area and conference rooms. The two remaining floors are dedicated to traditional housing for women in the program, including the 22 apartments and laundry rooms. The property features controlled access gates, security cameras and a courtyard designed for relaxation and a convenient location for women and children living in nearby shelters.
The construction is Type V, wood frame over a one-story, semi-subterranean Type 1 concrete parking garage.