Hope on Alvarado Hope on Alvarado

The affordable housing and homeless issues in Los Angeles are becoming direr. While solutions range from building more supply to meet demand and looking to the city to lift or change regulations that impede development, the design community has one low-cost solution: shipping container housing. KTGY Architecture + Planning is designing the city’s first shipping container community—which uses shipping containers as the main building material, for residents transitioning out of homelessness. Hope on Alvarado is in the Westlake District and will feature 84 studio and one-bedroom units ranging in size from 400 to 480 square feet. Developed by Aedis Real Estate Group, this will be the first of a series of similar projects. We sat down with Mark Oberholzer, an associate principal at KTGY, to talk about the new project and why shipping containers have made a fine solution to the housing problem.