A Community of Friends, one of United Way’s 120 local partners, recently hosted the grand opening of a 36-unit permanent supportive housing complex in Silver Lake.
Originally constructed in 1926, the extensively rehabilitated Vendome Palms building will now house single adults with mental disabilities (including individuals who are chronically homeless) while also offering vital on-site support services.
In pursuit of its goal to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2016, United Way has partnered with ACOF to create a stable living environment for more than 1,400 adults and several hundred children in Hollywood, Silver Lake, Willowbrook, North Hills, San Pedro, Boyle Heights, South L.A., Pacoima and Koreatown.
However, according to Dora Leong Gallo, Chief Executive Officer of ACOF, “permanent housing alone does not guarantee that tenants will achieve stability. Issues such as mental disability, substance abuse and transitioning from homelessness necessitate a robust and flexible program which increases self-sufficiency. Fortunately, United Way understands that need and has helped us to fill in the gaps.”
Photo Courtesy of Egan-Simon Architecture
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