live / 2016

It Takes a Village to Reintegrate the Homeless

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Alliance Building & Construction Services

Synergy Village: A self-sustainable community where we help the homeless get reintegrated back into society as productive citizens of Los Angeles


Please describe your project proposal.

We are proposing to deliver a combination of prototypes, research results and/ or outreach to other non-profit organizations in order to lay the foundations of Synergy Village: a self-sustainable community where we help the homeless get reintegrated back into society as productive citizens of Los Angeles.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Housing affordability
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Resilient communities
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences
  • Homelessness
  • Walk/bike/transit score

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

What better way to live, learn, work and connect in Los Angeles than by cleaning our streets, helping our less fortunate homeless population get back on their feet and make them productive members of society.

We don’t just give them fish to eat; we give them the tools to fish and remind them how to do it. Helping the homeless will also help our taxpayers; businesses and districts affected by homeless encampments. We will see improvement in commerce and neighborhood safety as this issue is addressed.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

The goal is to be able to create prototypes of residential pods, conduct exhaustive research on construction, building codes, real estate, and outreach to non-profit organizations so we can incorporate their cause to our mission.

These will be prioritized and plotted within an achievable timeline and submittals should be defined within anticipated milestones, example: deliver a scope of work from architect/ engineer within six months, or deliver a prototype of a residential pod within 12 months of grant approval.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Advisors/board members
  • Staff
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support