Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders broke ground Wednesday on the first permanent supportive housing units to receive funding from a 2016 voter-approved measure to build housing for the homeless.
“Your Votes Are Building A Legacy”
“Today marks a new chapter in our fight to get homeless Angelenos off the streets and into homes,” Garcetti said. “So I want to thank the people who backed Prop HHH — with this groundbreaking, your votes are building a legacy that will support people for decades to come.”
Proposition HHH was approved by city voters with a goal of building 10,000 units of housing for the homeless over the next decade through a general obligation bond.
Housing Units, Interim Beds, And Health Programs
PATH Metro Villas in East Hollywood had a groundbreaking ceremony in April and is expected to open in the spring of 2019. The complex will integrate 187 affordable and permanent supportive apartments and 88 interim housing beds with programs for the residents.
Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell broke ground on Phase 2 that will be partially funded through HHH funds and help provide 122 of the complex’s units, along with health and mental health clinics.
“Let Us Be Known As A Compassionate City”
PATH said the total cost of the PATH Metro Villas project will be $54 million, with $3.5 million coming from Prop HHH.
“Let us be known as a compassionate city who cares for the most vulnerable among us,” Wesson said. “We have a responsibility to make Los Angeles better today than it was yesterday, and with the construction of new permanent supportive housing, we are bringing hope to those in need.”
Hundreds Of Units Planned
Since the passage of Prop HHH, the city has established a Citizens Oversight Committee and approved a funding plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which will provide the first $77 million for 615 affordable housing units and $12 million for six homeless facilities.
“I am so proud of the partnership between my office and PATH, and thrilled that the first HHH-funded project in the city of Los Angeles will provide the permanent supportive housing that homeless individuals in the 13th District so desperately need,” O’Farrell said. “I want to acknowledge and thank my staff for their work to connect our city departments with the project team to help make this development possible.”
Homeless Crisis In Los Angeles
The groundbreaking comes as the number of homeless people is on the rise in the city. The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count found that homelessness rose 20 percent in L.A. from 2016 — to more than 34,000 people.
“When voters approved our HHH housing bond a little over a year ago, they had days like today in mind,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, who was a co- author of Prop HHH. “Permanent Supportive Housing is the No. 1 solution to addressing homelessness, and we will ultimately build up to 10,000 such units to end the sea of despair we see on the streets of Los Angeles. Today, we begin — at long last — to move the needle forward in our fight against homelessness.”