2018 Champion City

Los Angeles, CA : 2018 Winner

Tackling Homelessness One Small Dwelling at a Time

  • 3,976,322

  • Eric Garcetti

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Homelessness

    Issue Area

The Problem

Homelessness experienced a 20 percent rise last year and, on any given night, more than 28,000 Angelenos go to sleep without a roof over their heads.

The Idea

To help combat the crisis, the City of Los Angeles will develop a new way for residents to help solve the city’s homelessness crisis by building additional units of housing on their property and renting them to Angelenos who are homeless or at risk of homelessness for an agreed upon period of time.

What Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA is saying:

This program is good business for a good cause. The ADU pilot is specifically designed to pair homeowners with homeless Angelenos who are stable, prepared to move into housing, and ready to rebuild their lives. For a homeowner, it’s a win-win: the City lowers your construction costs, matches you with a tenant who is determined to make their housing work, and connects you with a case manager to ensure a seamless transition.


Our Prototyping Journey