This is just phase one
A new 65-unit supportive housing development opened Tuesday, bringing housing for homeless Angelenos to East Hollywood.
Developed by Affirmed Housing and PATH Ventures, the complex also contains communal rooms, offices for counselors and case managers, and a veteran services office. Residents will have access to a “job training kitchen,” special programs aimed at improving health and wellness, and a bike share program. Four, full-time PATH staffers will be on-site and assigned to help residents make the transition to having reliable housing.
“Homelessness is the humanitarian crisis of our time, and we will only end it by building as much supportive housing as we can, as quickly as we can,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
It’s estimated that at least 31,000 LA residents do not have a permanent address, according to the most recent count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
The newly opened building a few blocks east of the Vermont/Beverly Red Line station is just the first part of the Metro Villas project.
The second phase of the project will add a healthcare clinic, a mental health clinic, and over 100 units, for a total of 187 supportive housing units. That part of the project uses funds from Proposition HHH, the 2016 ballot initiative that authorized $1.2 billion in bond money to pay for homeless housing.
The second half of the Metro Villas is expected to open in March 2020.