Dozens of families will be homeless no more as construction gets under way on a beautiful apartment complex in West Rancho Dominguez, slated to open in the summer of 2020.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Stanford Avenue Apartments. Developed by Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and designed by Shelter LLP, it will provide permanent homes for 30 low-income families and 53 homeless families who will receive supportive services through Measure H and Section 8 rental subsidies.
Amenities will include multiple community rooms including a ground floor clubhouse, computer lab, a meeting room for supportive services, an outdoor courtyard and gardening space. The side yard will include citrus trees and raised planter beds for gardening.
“There is no better way to address our homeless crisis than by providing high quality affordable and supportive housing,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “Stanford Avenue Apartments represents the rebirth of a lot that had been vacant for decades. Besides transforming the lives of the 85 individuals and their families who will call it home, this development will benefit the West Rancho Dominguez neighborhood.”
“Throughout our 30-year history, the staff and board of Hollywood Community Housing have worked tirelessly to create quality affordable housing that has a positive impact, both physically and socially, on the neighborhoods where our properties are located,” said Hollywood Community Housing executive director Sarah Letts. “We also strive to transform lives by providing services and access to resources that improve the quality of life for our residents. Many of the services at Stanford Avenue Apartments will be funded by the County’s Measure H and we are grateful to the Board of Supervisors for their leadership and unwavering determination to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis.”
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (44th District) also attended the groundbreaking, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and Wells Fargo Bank, all of which contributed to the project.
“Wells Fargo is committed to providing financial solutions that support the development of affordable housing in areas where there are the biggest needs,” said Tim McCann, Senior Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Community Lending and Investment group. “The need for housing for formerly homeless households and low-income households is particularly acute in Los Angeles, and we’re proud to support Hollywood Community Housing Corporation’s development of this project with both equity and debt financing as Stanford Avenue Apartments will provide housing, along with a unique array of supportive services, for some of LA’s most vulnerable citizens.”
Housing Works will provide supportive services at the site, with funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Tenant referrals will come through the County’s Coordinated Entry System and HOPICS. About five dozen apartment units will receive rental subsidies through CDC/HACoLA, allowing their tenants to pay only a third of their income towards rent.
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