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NoHo Senior Villas

Forty-nine low-income seniors, including 30 of whom were homeless and living with a mental illness, now have safe, permanent homes thanks to the recent completion of NoHo Senior Villas, located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.

On November 29th , co-developers Clifford Beers Housing and PATH Ventures celebrated the occasion with  Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, as well as representatives from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the City of Los Angeles Housing Department and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

“Our most effective tool to prevent homelessness and to empower and enrich the lives of seniors struggling with mental illness and other challenges is permanent supportive housing that brings together effective services and a comfortable place to live, such as NoHo Senior Villas,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA), the five-story, 49-unit project was specifically created to provide a supportive environment for a special needs population, including those living with physical and mental disabilities.  In addition, the project was built to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Platinum standards. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings.  From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.  Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.  LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries outside the United States, and make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. (For more information about LEED visit: https://new.usgbc.org/leed)

60-year-old Deborrah Rogers, who has been homeless off and on since escaping an abusive relationship, stated “When I first moved in, there was a lot of anxiety because I’d been homeless so long,” said Rogers. “But sitting on my bed and looking down at the traffic going by on Lankershim, I’m just overwhelmed. I never expected to get a place of this caliber. I’m pinching myself to make sure it’s true.”

Thanks to Clifford Beers Housing and PATH Ventures, Deborrah and 48 other seniors now have a safe place to call home.

For more information on the developers visit www.cbeershousing.org and www.pathventures.org

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