LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated the opening of Residences on Main, a 50-unit supportive housing development serving homeless families and transitional age youth in South Los Angeles. The development is the sixth HHH-financed project to open its doors since the bond measure passed in 2016 and the eighth supportive housing project to finish construction this year. The Mayor was joined by Councilmember Curren Price, as well as community leaders.
“When Angelenos said ‘yes’ to Prop HHH, they called on us to advance comprehensive solutions to the moral crisis of homelessness — and even as we confront the immediate challenge of COVID-19, we continue to do the long-term work of creating high-quality housing for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Residences on Main is a story of hope and transformation for this neighborhood, and shows what’s possible when we come together to give our unsheltered neighbors a place to call home.”
Mayor Garcetti led the coalition to pass Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond designed to leverage financing to more than triple L.A.'s annual production of supportive housing and support the addition of 10,000 units for homeless Angelenos across the city. Since Proposition HHH passed in 2016, more than 123 permanent supportive housing developments –– representing 6,295 units –– have received funding commitments, and 33 are in construction.
Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has acted with unprecedented urgency to confront the homelessness and housing crises — from expanding the homelessness budget to more than 16 times what it was five years ago to launching the A Bridge Home shelter program, which gets unhoused Angelenos off the streets immediately while HHH-funded projects are built. Rather than relying exclusively on federal, state, or county dollars, Mayor Garcetti and the City Council came together in 2016 to create a local funding source to invest in the permanent, effective, and cost-efficient model of supportive housing for tackling and ultimately ending homelessness.
“Residences on Main not only represents a new start for each tenant that gets to call it home but solidifies the hope that they have long been yearning for,” said Councilman Curren Price. “It also marks a significant milestone for our South L.A. community, becoming the first HHH-funded project to be completed in District 9. We are building unshakeable foundations which will allow individuals to fulfill their promise, the courage to blaze their own trails and find their calling in life.”
Developed by LA Family Housing (LAFH) and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), the Residences on Main project broke ground in April 2019 and saw the first tenant move into the building on November 14. Construction of the housing project generated more than 200 construction jobs. Half of the development site was acquired in 2010 by the City of Los Angeles through a nuisance abatement order, before being redeveloped by LAFH and CRCD.
“LA Family Housing believes that a ‘home’ is a basic need and the foundation for leading a fulfilling life. As service providers and affordable housing developers, we want to do more than end homelessness; we want to break the cycle of poverty,” said LAFH President and CEO, Stephanie Klasky-Gamer. “By building housing with the specific needs of Transition Aged Youth and families experiencing homelessness in mind, and linking it to supportive services that will increase their overall stability, we are creating a housing intervention that could change the trajectory of their lives.”
“On behalf of the CRCD Board of Directors and Staff, we are excited for the community, who for decades awaited a neighborhood gem to replace the blight that once stood in its place. We would like to thank our City Family, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Curren Price, City Attorney Team Anne Tremblay, Jonathan Cristall, Haydee Capdet, and L.A. Police Department Alisha Jordan who worked tirelessly on this project,” said CRCD President and CEO/Co-Founder Mark Wilson. “Today, Residences on Main will provide much-needed housing for homeless youth and families, and reflect the mission of CRCD to change lives and build neighborhoods responsibly.”
The 4-story site features 36 permanent supportive housing units for transitional-aged youth (18-25 years) and 14 units for families experiencing homelessness and earning between 30 and 50 percent of area median income. There are 21 studios, 15 one-bedroom, 6 two-bedroom, 8 three-bedroom units, and a two-bedroom manager’s unit. The LEED Silver Certified design includes a community room and an on-site community garden and playground, in addition to offices for property management and on-site case management services.
Tenants will pay 30 percent of their income toward rent each month. Rent subsidies for tenants will be provided by the L.A. County Department of Health Services Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP) program and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) through Project Based Section 8 vouchers.
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