L.A. BREAKS GROUND ON SECOND HHH-FUNDED SUPPORTIVE HOUSING BUILDING
Following the successful unveiling of the 122-unit PATH Metro Villas in late 2017, L.A. city officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the second-ever supportive housing building funded by Proposition HHH.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Councilmember Jose Huizar were joined by esteemed members of the community and the Skid Row Housing Trust to break ground on the Six Four Nine Lofts.
The mixed-use development will provide 55 supportive housing apartments for individuals who have experienced homelessness, including veterans and people with chronic health issues.
According to a press release provided by Skid Row Housing Trust, the building will include a community kitchen, common areas for group meetings, and on-site case management offices.
It will be built above a new 25,000 square foot community clinic developed by Skid Row Housing Trust and to be owned and operated by Los Angeles Christian Health Centers. The three-story clinic, Joshua House Health Center, will provide top-quality healthcare to meet medical, dental, optometry, mental health and social service needs.
Speaking at the event was Dr. Lisa Abdishoo, President and CEO at Los Angeles Christian Health Center, who recalled her time as attending physician in one of L.A.’s most underserved communities, Skid Row.
“In my 19 years as a physician, I’ve seen firsthand that it’s not enough to just provide healthcare,” she said. “If we can’t address our patient’s needs for housing, we’re simply missing the mark. But bringing healthcare and housing together works. It’s powerful and effective.”
The comprehensive one stop shop will make quality healthcare accessible for people who experience homelessness and have not previously had access to dependable care.
“This project marks a new chapter in our work to get homeless Angelenos off the streets and into communities where they can start fresh, feel safe and begin rebuilding their lives,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti in a press release. “Prop. HHH set L.A. on a path to grow our supply of supportive housing — and Skid Row Housing Trust is an incredible partner in the work of making sure that everyone in our city can have a place to call home.”
Skid Row Housing Trust will play a big role in breaking ground on three Prop HHH-funded sites this year with Six Four Nine Lofts being the first. The goal of this development is to continue to change the landscape of Skid Row while ending homelessness and providing long-term stability to residents in the immediate community.
77% of voters—nearly one million people across the City of Los Angeles—voted yes on Proposition HHH in November 2016. The funds, which began by funding 416 units in Summer 2017, will bring $1.2 billion to build 10,000 units over the next 10 years.
There has been significant progress on our promise to build the safe homes our homeless neighbors need but the work is just beginning. Learn more about our fight to end homelessness here.