Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led the groundbreaking ceremony for a $23-million apartment building in Florence-Firestone that will house 36 formerly homeless people – more than half of them veterans – and seven low-income families. Called Firestone Phoenix, it is slated to open in February 2021, just a few minutes walk from the Florence Blue Line Station.
“With the Firestone Phoenix, we hope to transform the lives of more than 40 households, including veterans who have served our country,” the Supervisor said. “We are on a path to restore dignity and purpose for everyone who calls Los Angeles home. We simply must not stop until we achieve that dream.”
“We are excited about this new project and the continued support of the County of Los Angeles,” said Dora Leong Gallo, president & CEO of the nonprofit developer A Community of Friends, which is building the project and which will later provide case management services for the tenants, with funding from Measure H.
The 33,707-sq. ft. three-story building will include a variety of community spaces to meet tenants’ needs. Amenities will include a community room and kitchen, computer room, laundry room, outdoor lounge, community garden and children’s play area. Of the 44 supportive housing units, 20 are reserved for veterans who are homeless, chronically homeless, or homeless with a disability, and 16 are for formerly homeless households. Of the remaining units, seven are for low-income families and one is a manager’s unit.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has long demonstrated his commitment to Florence-Firestone residents. He has overseen over $100 million in investment capital and social programs for the community, including affordable housing projects, an improved senior services and constituent service center, streetscape improvements, park renovations, art programming, and workforce and economic development opportunities.