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Affordable Housing Project in L.A.’s Historic Filipinotown Gets Started


A new 46-unit affordable housing community in L.A.’s historic Filipinotown community has broken ground. The project, Lucena on Court, is being developed by Meta Housing Corporation, in partnership with The Foundation for Affordable Housing.

Once completed, the five-story building will feature an array of amenities including a tot lot, learning center, manager and social service offices, and ground floor community center managed by local non-profit, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, or SIPA. It is located at 1919 W. Court St, east of Alvarado St on the south side of the 101 Fwy.

“SIPA has a 50-year history serving residents in Historic Filipinotown through our programs and services which include youth programs, mental health outreach and education, affordable housing, and simply providing a place where people from all backgrounds can come together to strengthen community,” said Kimmy Maniquis, Executive Director at SIPA.

According to Kasey Burke, President at Meta Housing, the units at Lucena on Court will be priced for households earning 30% to 60% of the area’s median income, which will greatly benefit individuals and families who have experienced the fallout of California’s housing crisis and faced the risk of homelessness.

“Recent data shows that at least half of the state of California’s 49,000 chronically homeless people live in Los Angeles County. This is a staggering statistic that has worsened from the ongoing housing crisis, the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising inflation,” says Burke. “Projects like Lucena on Court will have a significant impact on the community as it offers tangible relief to the lack of affordable housing across Southern California.”

“Historic Filipinotown was officially designated by the City of Los Angeles as a historic-cultural neighborhood in 2002 after a 30-year campaign by community activists. Civic and business groups continue to work closely with the city to preserve the neighborhood’s heritage as well as promote economic development and community revitalization,” said Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Los Angeles City Council for the 13th District. “As we know, the current affordable housing crisis threatens to perpetuate systemic inequalities and deepens the challenges faced by disadvantaged populations. The groundbreaking of Lucena on Court symbolizes a larger effort to improve the quality of life for residents of Historic Filipinotown.”

In addition to The Foundation for Affordable Housing, Lucena on Court is also a partnered effort with Council District 13, the Los Angeles Housing Department, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Capital One, Westport Construction, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Red Stone Equity Partners, WSH Management, Y&M Architects, and Titan Construction Management Services.

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