Northeast New Beginnings Community

The Northeast New Beginnings Community, a collaborative effort between Lehrer Architects, Kadre Architects, the City of Los Angeles, John Wesley Health, and Ford E.C. Inc., opened in January 2024. Located in Cypress Park, the 35,000 sq ft site features 34 standalone homes, each aiming to provide autonomy and privacy for residents on the path to permanent housing. Overcoming design challenges on an undeveloped site surrounded by the Arroyo Parkway and Golden State Freeway, the project strategically arranges 350 sq ft "mini" homes around a central open space, creating a cohesive community. Inspired by local Chicano artists, vibrant colors and materials connect the homes, establishing a sense of dignity. The project contributes to addressing the Los Angeles housing crisis by building on the team’s experience in designing experimental communities.

“Northeast New Beginnings is a first of its kind model of interim housing that will provide intensive, wrap-around services to some of our most vulnerable residents in District 1."
- Eunisses Hernandez, Los Angeles City Council Member, District 1
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Cypress Park - Los Angeles, California
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division
Capacity: 95 beds, 34 units, 2 ADA units Site Area: 36,305 SF
Completed 2023
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Project Team

Alfa Tech

Civil Engineer:
Barbara Hall & Associates

Ford Construction

Landscape Architect
Swimming Pool Engineer
Jones & Madhavan
Jones & Madhavan
Jones & Madhavan
Project Management
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering