Forty-nine low-income seniors—30 of whom were homeless and living with a mental illness—now have safe, permanent homes thanks to the recent completion of the NoHo Senior Villas in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.
Representatives of PATH Ventures and Clifford Beers cut the ceremonial ribbon alongside Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Tom LaBonge, as well as representatives from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the City of Los Angeles Housing Department, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.
PATH Ventures will direct the facility’s supportive services, focusing on connecting residents to the full range of services they need to gain increased independence and remain stably housed.
“NoHo Senior Villas addresses the desperate need for affordable housing for low-income, homeless seniors living with mental illness in our community. It’s a travesty that so many of our elderly neighbors live in poverty, and we are proud to play a role in this development,” said John Molloy, Executive Director of PATH Ventures.
A case in point: 60-year-old Deborrah Rogers, who has been homeless off and on since escaping an abusive relationship in 2001.
“When I first moved in, there was a lot of anxiety because I’d been homeless so long,” said Rogers. “But sitting on my bed and looking down at the traffic going by on Lankershim, I’m just overwhelmed. I never expected to get a place of this caliber. I’m pinching myself to make sure it’s true.”
Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA), the five-story, 49-unit project was specifically created to provide a supportive environment for a special needs population, including those living with physical and mental disabilities. The $16 million project is also distinguished by community-building recreational elements, including a rooftop garden, a landscaped front yard, a central courtyard, and a community room that is also available for neighborhood civic forums.
Funding for the NoHo project was made possible by an allocation of tax-exempt bonds from the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee; an allocation of low-income housing tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee; tax credit syndication through Raymond James Tax Credit Funds; funds from the City of Los Angeles Housing Department Affordable Housing Trust Fund; a construction loan from Citi Community Capital; a capital loan and operating subsidy from the Mental Health Services Act (administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the California Housing Finance Agency); a Governor’s Homeless Initiative loan (administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development); and an Affordable Housing Program loan from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.