A new complex of tiny homes near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, opened its doors this week to a small group of unhoused residents, part of the city’s effort to address its ongoing homelessness crisis. The site will soon provide temporary housing for about 65 residents. The tiny home village is on a plot of city-owned land. Each of the tiny cabins is equipped with electric heat, a locking door, a smoke and carbon monoxide monitor, a fire extinguisher and storage space. The complex provides drinking water, showers, and onsite security for residents. It also offers three free meals a day, as well as help with a range of services, including health, employment, public benefits, housing applications, criminal record clearance, and credit repair. “We are using public land for public good, for interim homeless solutions to rapidly improve the living conditions of our unhoused neighbors,” said Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas.

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