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Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground in East Los Angeles


Meta Housing Corporation has broken ground on Whittier & Downey SE, a 71-unit affordable housing community in East Los Angeles that will be developed with permanent supportive housing and 3.4k sf of community serving retail.

“There is a significant need for quality affordable housing throughout Los Angeles, especially as homeless numbers throughout the county continue to rise,” says Meta Housing Corporation’s President, Kasey Burke. “The most recent count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority identified more than 58,000 homeless people in Los Angeles. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.”

The apartment community will be located at 4200-4224 Whittier Blvd in unincorporated Los Angeles County and will feature a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans. The project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2019.

Whitter & Downey SE will reserve 35 of the 71 affordable units as permanent supportive housing to address this growing need within the local community, according to Burke. For this project, Meta Housing partnered with LifeSTEPS and the Los Angeles County Departments of Health Services and Mental Health to develop a project that will provide safe, highly-amenitized affordable housing with strong supportive services to residents.

According to Los Angeles County Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis, “By incorporating intensive case management and supportive services, we are not simply addressing the homelessness and affordability crisis at the margins, but are providing these residents with the tools and services they need for long-term success. By building more than 100 housing units for families with a truly holistic ‘wellness hub’ approach that combines supportive housing and mixed use, this project is one of the best affordable housing initiatives we’ve seen in the County.”

Financing for the $38.6 mil project is provided by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, California Housing Finance Agency, Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Departments of Health Services and Mental Health, Brilliant Corners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Discussing the project, Charmaine Atherton, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Community Development Bank, notes “This transit-oriented, affordable residence will help create a new walkable community and add retail opportunities in the neighborhood for low income working Angelinos as well as helping 35 homeless people get housed and back on their feet, on the path to economic stability.”

The apartment community will be developed to LEED Gold certification standards and will be located adjacent to the Los Angeles Metro Line 18 and less than a mile from East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, El Camino Real Library, and Salazar Park.

In addition to its transit-oriented location, Whitter & Downey SE is planned to feature 3.4k sf of community serving retail along with a host of amenities that establish a sense of community and encourage interaction among residents. Planned amenities include an outdoor BBQ area, edible container garden, large courtyard, spacious community room, tot lot, bicycle storage, and on-site laundry and gym, among others.

The new development is a part of a two-phase project. The second phase will be located across the street on the northeast corner of Whitter Blvd and Downey Rd, which is planned to begin construction in spring 2019.

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