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NDVets & ELACC Break Ground on Sun Valley Senior Veterans Apartments

Oct 4, 2018 | By Bob Helfant | No Comments

Sun Valley Senior Veterans Apartments will be home to formerly homeless veterans and their families (rendering) 

The ground breaking happened nearly a week after the release of the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count results, which showed a 3 percent decrease in homelessness across Los Angeles County, and a notable 18 percent decrease in veteran homelessness. Since voters passed Measure H and Proposition HHH initiatives, an unprecedented amount of funding is going towards the comprehensive countywide plan to prevent and end homelessness – scaling up outreach, services and supportive housing developments. Supporters and development partners are optimistic that progress is being made and the County’s targeted strategies to prioritize homeless veterans are working.

The Sun Valley Senior Veterans Apartments development will also be counted towards L.A. City Council’s new 222 resolution – introduced by Council President Herb Wesson and United Way of Greater Los Angeles and backed by EVERYONE IN–calling on each councilmember to pledge to approve a minimum of 222 supportive housing units in their district within the next three years.

Once construction is complete, Sun Valley will consist of 88 one-bedroom units and 8 two-bedrooms units reserved for senior veterans with incomes between 30% and 50% of the area median income. 54 of the 88 units will provide homes for senior veterans without homes through VASH and Project Based Vouchers. Veterans and their families will be able to enjoy a library, laundry rooms, a fitness center, media room and computer lab.

During the ceremony, Isela Gracian announced ELACC’s partnership with New Direction for Veterans, who will be providing on-site services to the residents.

“According to recent reports, veteran homelessness is down by 18 percent this year, which shows we can make a difference when we work together,” said NDVets CEO and President Colonel (Ret.) Yvette J. Kelley. “We are grateful to partner with the East LA Community Corporation, whose dedication to veterans helped make the Sun Valley Senior Veterans Apartments a reality. This residential community will give veterans a safe place to call home, where they will have on-site supportive services to ensure they retain their housing. While we celebrate this win, we won’t forget that there are still about 3,900 veterans living on the streets, but with partners like ELACC, we will continue to work until every veteran has a place to live and the supportive services they need to ensure they never live on the streets again.”

Services will include, case management, benefits assistance and advocacy, substance use services, educational services, employment services, linkages to out-placements, independent living skills education, peer support and advocacy, medication management, harm reduction services, housing retention/eviction prevention services, social & recreational activities and money management services. In addition, case managers will provide assistance with locating and connecting to local mental health care, primary and preventive health care.

ELACC’s President, Isela Gracian recognized financing partners and construction team that worked together to make this development a reality. They included: New Directions for Veterans, Westport Construction, YM Architects, AMJ Construction, Genesis LA, Enterprise, Cal Vets, Home Depot Foundation, National Equity Fund, LISC and NEF’s Bring Them HOMES, The Veterans Housing Initiative, City of Los Angeles Council District 6, Office of Councilmember Nury Martinez and the Office of Supervisor of the 3rd District, Sheila Kuehl.