Archive for the Affordable Housing Category

Star Housing Apartments Offers New Life on Skid Row

Jude Burns stood in awe among the hundreds of people who turned out recently to celebrate the opening of the Star Apartments, a 100 unit supportive housing site for the homeless. Once homeless, bereft after the death of his only son and severely disabled, Burns got a […]

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New Plan to End Youth Homelessness Unveiled

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More than 200 leaders, advocates, and youth packed Holman United Methodist Church in West Adams recently to discuss potential solutions for ending youth homelessness in South Los Angeles. This group, the South Los Angeles Homeless and Foster Youth Collaborative, took the lead on fostering community dialogue and organizing the breakfast to unveil […]

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Affordable Homes in Jefferson Park Now Open

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Reginald Drummer was homeless, HIV positive and living on Skid Row for four years. But finally, he found the break he needed: Mercy Housing. The nonprofit had just opened the Jefferson Park Terrace apartments on Western Avenue and so he applied for a one-bedroom unit. Four months […]

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Terracina Apartments Change Lives and a Neighborhood in Athens

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Monique Rivers knows what it’s like to struggle. After returning home from a stint in the Navy, Rivers fell on hard times and became homeless. It was rough going—until she found the Terracina Apartments, newly built, affordable units in Athens that she now calls home. Now she […]

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Bringing Help to People Living in Cars

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Often, the word “homeless” calls to mind a person, usually a man, living on the street. But many times, people–often families–with nowhere else to turn they survive the elements by moving their cars to residential streets and living in there in those neighborhoods. Hoping to re-create a […]

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Innovative Partnerships Address Blight in Koreatown

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New retail outlets, housing units and business space are in the offing for a currently blighted section of Vermont Avenue in Koreatown. For 20 years, several county buildings near the intersection of Vermont and 6th streets have been eyesores in the neighborhood. They are even worse, however, inside, plagued with […]

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Economic and Community Development Plan Moves Forward

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Increasing affordable housing and expanding employment opportunities has been a longstanding priority in Los Angeles County, but the elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2011, made it difficult for the county to fund these types of projects.  But the county will soon have a new economic plan to […]

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Recovery Center on MLK Medical Campus

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  Hoping to reduce emergency room overcrowding and decrease the costs of keeping stabilized homeless patients in expensive hospital beds, the Board of Supervisors approved $3.7-million in funding for a new recovery center on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus in Willowbrook. The MLK Recovery Center, […]

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A New Way of Life for Former Inmates

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Joseph Baddley, 53, became homeless after being in and out of prison. Not having access to medical care, when Baddley became sick, he hit rock bottom. But thanks to a new program to build more supportive housing in Los Angeles County, Baddley has found an apartment to […]

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Formerly Homeless Find Affordable Housing

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For seven years, Irvin Dixon, 59, had been homeless in Los Angeles County.  He slept on public benches and waited in long lines for free meals.  Sal Tovar, 52, had spent nine years homeless.  He remembers taking “bird baths” in the park to stay clean.  But thanks […]

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