County Celebrates Groundbreaking of Affordable Housing Development for Homeless Young Adults

CDC/HACoLA officials join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at the groundbreaking of the East Rancho Apartments.  Photo by Martin Zamora / Board of Supervisors

Officials from the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (CDC/HACoLA) joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to celebrate the groundbreaking of the East Rancho Apartments. Located in the unincorporated area adjacent to Compton, the development will provide housing for 10 transition aged youth who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness.

“Los Angeles County is committed to helping fund and construct affordable housing in efficient and novel ways,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “This project will do just that. We will house young people who had been grappling with homeless, and providing them with a range of supportive services to help them achieve their goal of independent living.”

The CDC/HACoLA provided the land for the new construction to developers Special Service for Groups, Inc., and Restore Neighborhoods LA, Inc. The East Rancho Apartments will provide two-stories of stacked duplex housing with an attached parking garage. Each duplex will have five single-room occupancy units, and will include shared bathrooms, kitchen, and a living room. The residences will emphasize a supportive communal lifestyle and provide onsite clinical and supportive services.

Monique King-Viehland, CDC/HACoLA Executive Director, stated, “The young adults that will eventually occupy these units have faced devastating barriers in life. We are proud to help provide the first stepping stone to a successful future by putting a roof over their head, and services and resources at their doorsteps.”

All residents will have access to a full range of case management, mental health, substance use disorder, education, and employment services to assist towards their goal of independent living.