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LA URM Avalon Interim Housing, Union Rescue Mission
Los Angeles, CA
LA URM
A beacon of hope.
A new interim housing facility transcends the stigma of homelessness.
A path to permanent housing.
Located in South Los Angeles, Angeles House will offer a beacon of hope for women and children in need of help.

The new, three-story facility will provide interim housing and support services—and a path to permanent housing— for up to 340 women and their children.

The guiding design principle of Angeles House is the creation of a home-like environment that moves beyond the traditional stigmas of shelter housing. Our team achieved this goal by transcending the “dorm style” typical of traditional shelter housing. Instead, Angeles House will provide 86 spacious living areas with private bathrooms, storage, functional furniture, acoustic and visual privacy, and an abundance of natural light.

Our team developed creative solutions to additional common challenges, including the lack of storage, privacy and physical and emotional control. By integrating communal spaces throughout Angeles House, residents are encouraged to reconnect with each other.

The facility will also feature community rooms, a garden, day-use areas, communal kitchen and recreation spaces, a library, and office space. Supportive services—including
education, job training, daycare, and medical and behavioral health services—will provide residents with the tools they need to start anew.

Upon completion, Angeles house will foster an environment of healing—one that empowers, uplifts, and restores the dignity, confidence and self-worth of its residents.
Results
Angeles House will include 86 spacious, fully-furnished residential units—each equipped with a private bathroom, washer and dryer and storage space.
Natural light, durable, colorful finishes and home-like elements create a warm, welcoming atmosphere that aligns with sustainability best practices.
The guiding design principle of the Angeles House is the creation of a home-like environment that moves beyond the stigmas of traditional shelter housing.
The spacious living areas are designed to accommodate a wide range of family sizes where each mother can live with her children as a family unit. This will allow her to provide support and care for her family in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.
The residential units are connected to the support and communal areas of the facility via primary and secondary circulation spines that promote a sense of organization and structure.
With its 370 beds and complete on-site case management services for residents, Angeles House will provide homeless families (including 280 children) the opportunity to have satisfying, self-sufficient lives.”
Kevin Dretzka
Board Secretary and Director
Union Rescue Mission
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A new interim housing facility transcends the stigma of homelessness.
LA URM Avalon Interim Housing, Union Rescue Mission
Los Angeles, CA
A beacon of hope.