Meet Our Home For Good Partner, West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation!
1. What is West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation’s mission?
WHCHC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit housing development corporation founded in 1986. It provides apartments for low-income people in West Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area. WHCHC partners with city government, funders, social service providers, community residents, architects, contractors and property managers to build and manage projects.
Project residents include people with disabilities, seniors, people with HIV/AIDS, transition age youth and formerly homeless individuals. Because many residents are elderly and/or disabled, they need a variety of social services to continue living independently. WHCHC offers service-enriched environments which are essential for residents with special needs. Resident Services staff and the Enhanced Management Program combine standard property management practices with referrals to community agencies, crisis intervention, and community-building activities. The goal of the program is to protect residents’ tenancies and provide the best quality of life possible.
2. Why did West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation decide to join the Home For Good movement?
WHCHC partners with the City of West Hollywood and the County of Los Angeles to provide housing for recipients of Shelter Plus vouchers and services. As WHCHC develops additional housing it will target units to individuals and households which are either homeless or at risk for homelessness. WHCHC is committed to working with its service and government partners to reduce and ultimately end homelessness on the streets of Los Angeles County!
3. Why is it important for the City of West Hollywood to opt-in to the 2013 Homeless Count?
WHCHC has participated in the last three Homeless Counts in West Hollywood. The information resulting from the count and the interviews is invaluable in targeting housing development, housing operations, and resident services programs. In 2013 all staff will again be participating by volunteering to count homeless people in census tracts within West Hollywood. WHCHC needs to know where its residents are coming from in order to serve them effectively and the count gives an opportunity to truly understand from a street level, what these people are facing night after night and what they need to change their situations.
4. What 3 words best describe West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation?
“Building with care.”
Watch “Changing Lives” a video featuring various clients housed by WHCHC.
For more information on WHCHC visit www.WHCHC.org