Grand Opening of Largest Housing Site for Chronically Homeless in LA County

Cutting the ribbon for 160 supportive housing apartments. Photo by David Franco / Board of Supervisors

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Meta Housing and other project partners, led a grand opening ceremony inaugurating the largest housing site built for chronically homeless individuals in the County of Los Angeles.

Developed by Meta Housing, the residential buildings will have a combined total of 160 supportive housing apartments. Photo by David Franco / Board of Supervisors

Developed by Meta Housing, the residential buildings will have a combined total of 160 supportive housing apartments. Located in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles, this development includes 108 apartments for chronically homeless patients of the County healthcare system, 28 apartments for chronically homeless veterans, and 22 affordable apartments for low-income residents.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas noted “dynamic and forward thinking projects such as this one are necessary, they are essential, and they are vital.” Further stating, “Our goal is not to simply do just enough to maintain the status quo—no, that is not it. Our goal is to end homelessness as we know it and I believe that today brings us a step closer to that day.”

“Today marks a new chapter in the Harbor Community as we accelerate our drive to get homeless Angelenos off the streets and into homes,” shared Mayor Garcetti. Also noting, “With these 160 new beds, we are giving our most vulnerable community members the safe housing that everyone in Los Angeles deserves.”

This project was a collaborative effort between LA County, LA City, and a number of private sector partners and service providers including Measure H funded non-profits —taking 21-months from ground breaking for opening to come to fruition.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas meets with a new resident. Photo by David Franco / Board of Supervisors

“The 127th Street Apartments and El Segundo Boulevard Apartments are 100% affordable housing communities serving formerly homeless individuals and veterans as well as low-income families. Meta Housing is proud to sponsor with the City and the County on another important project that has helped move our most vulnerable residents off the streets and into permanent housing with robust supportive services” said Kasey Burke of affordable housing development partner, Meta Housing who was instrumental in their efforts to push this project forward.

“Everyone here is working on the side of right. And I am thankful for so many people who were instrumental in getting this project done.” stated Toni White, Peer Case Manager, from Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS).

Through a well-coordinated and comprehensive outreach effort facilitated by the Department of Mental Health, Department of Health Services’ Housing for Health program, LAHSA and HOPICS, 80 homeless individuals were able to move directly from their encampments and vehicles into their new apartments. Resident Horace Lackey said “This project means a lot for me. On a practical level it means that I’m not homeless anymore and in the larger scheme it represents a step toward to a better life.”

Consistent with the promises of Prop HHH and Measure H, this project exemplifies the importance of combining affordable housing with warp-around onsite support services. In addition to the 160 homes, this site will also offer intensive case management services and specialized mental health services which will be delivered by measure H-funded non-profit, The People Concern. LifeSTEPS will provide all other resident and case management services.