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Ground Broken On North Hollywood Affordable Housing Project

Patch logo Patch 10/14/2021 Dan Shalin
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at Thursday's groundbreaking of the Vanowen Apartments in North Hollywood. He is flanked by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, left, and Greg Comanor, partner at Daylight Community Development. © Courtesy of the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at Thursday's groundbreaking of the Vanowen Apartments in North Hollywood. He is flanked by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, left, and Greg Comanor, partner at Daylight Community Development.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA —LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Krekorian on Thursday participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Vanowen Apartments in North Hollywood, which will provide housing and services for chronically homeless Angelenos, according to Garcetti's office.

The 49-unit permanent housing project is expected to cost $21 million and open in late 2022.

"Through Proposition HHH, we have created thousands of new supportive housing units, exceeding our goal of 1,000 per year by 50 percent," Garcetti said.

Proposition HHH was passed in 2016 and enables the city to issue $1.2 billion in bonds for the development of permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing homelessness.

"With every new groundbreaking and ribbon cutting, we welcome home Angelenos who have been living on the streets for far too long and set them on a path to a better future," Garcetti said.

Vanowen Apartments, the mayor's office said, also is the first of the HHH Housing Innovation Challenge projects. The challenge was a public competition - sponsored by the LA County Board of Supervisors' LA County Homeless Initiative - that invited proposals for creative, scalable housing solutions.

The team behind Vanowen, is one of six selected in the challenge and was awarded funding to test innovative construction and financing methods to reduce production costs and timeline, the mayor's office said.

According to those behind the project, Vanowen received $4.9 million in funding from Proposition HHH, along with funding from CitiBank and 4 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The project also will receive Section 8 project-based vouchers from Brilliant Corners.

"In the last 16 months, we have added hundreds of bridge housing beds in my district, including three tiny home villages," Krekorian said. "With 49 units of permanent supportive housing, the Vanowen Apartments represent an important expansion of the housing stock in CD2. This project, which was funded by Measure HHH, provides further evidence that the city is deeply committed to building safe, secure housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness."

The groundbreaking of Vanowen Apartments follows the Sept. 28 groundbreaking of Weingart Towers, the largest homeless housing development in city history. Weingart towers, a development in Skid Row, will provide housing and services to 382 Angelenos experiencing homelessness.

According to the mayor's office, the city of Los Angeles has completed 42 affordable and supportive housing projects with over 2,700 units in operation, 16 of which are HHH projects with more than 1,000 units. There are an additional 60 projects with more than 3,800 units currently under construction.

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