Apprentices Build Housing Prototype at Whittier Training Center

Urban Awnings is an innovative housing concept currently being built in Los Angeles County by Union Carpenters.

To help address California’s homelessness crisis, Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters and Urban Awnings have joined forces to work toward a solution. Urban Awnings has developed a unique, adaptable design that can be built for a fraction of the price of a standard home.

The prototype features ADA compliant studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units fit with a kitchen and private bathrooms. The Urban Awnings design is also a focus of Mayor-Elect Bass’ solution to homelessness. By identifying available city owned properties, she aims to save taxpayers the cost of land. The creation of these communities will help to address the need for affordable housing while creating hundreds of good-paying jobs for local skilled workers and their families.

Spectrum News 1 recently toured the prototype and spoke with Training Fund Executive Director Louis Ontiveros about this project. Click here to watch their coverage.