London Olympic Village Reborn as Affordable Housing

Athletes, officials and revelers have moved on from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Village, but that doesn't mean the space will go to waste. As part of a long-term revitalization plan in East London, the Olympic Village will be reborn as rental units, and many of them will be reserved for low-income affordable housing.

Photo: Get Living London – East Village

Photo: Get Living London – East Village

Construction is underway at the former Olympic Village to transform it into the hub of a brand new neighborhood in London's Stratford section, which local officials and investors are calling the East Village.

The East Village will offer a total of 2,818 homes, including 1,379 affordable homes for eligible Londoners on low to medium incomes.

Set to open its doors in August, the extensive neighborhood provides a much-needed solution to London's mounting housing crisis, as well as new schools, parks and medical facilities for the area.

Read on for an inside look at the community and learn more about how it's making a difference for East London.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.