Tiny homes village under construction at Lake Merritt

Pallet shelter village in Everett, Wash. (Image courtesy of Pallet Shelter)

Construction began this week on a tiny home village city officials intend for homeless people on city-owned land at Lake Merritt.

The property, located at East 12th Street, will eventually house 65 people in tiny homes and provide a comprehensive set of services to help residents transition to stable housing and health, officials said.

The city is partnering with Housing Consortium of the East Bay to manage the small homes built by the company Pallet Shelter, which has tiny home communities in San Jose and Los Angeles (for more information, see https://www.palletshelter.com/virtual-tour). The expected completion date is some time this fall.

Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas called the project a significant upgrade in living conditions, in a news release issued Tuesday by her office.

“Through this project, we will demonstrate that compassionate, trauma-informed, tiny home communities can effectively create safer and healthier communities, and also help residents successfully transition to stable housing and health,” she said.

For more information about the project, see a list of frequently asked questions at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C-6Bd2_oUg8FShC2AYqbSXXyPH3GNjZW-Jfc1fc44ns/edit.

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