Councilmember Huizar Announces $8.37 Million for Housing, Homeless Services, Parks and Other Community Benefits

Councilmember Huizar Announces $8.37 Million for Housing, Homeless Services, Parks and Other Community Benefits

Councilmember José Huizar announced today the allocation of nearly $8.4 million in community benefit funding that will go to causes, projects, parks, schools and non-profits. Funding was secured from Greenland USA via the CRA/LA, the Designated Local Authority and successor to the City’s previous redevelopment agency, as part of the approved Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) for the Metropolis Project in Downtown Los Angeles, which includes community benefits related to the Transfer of Floor Area Rights (TFAR)

Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 3, 2014) – Councilmember José Huizar announced today the allocation of nearly $8.4 million in community benefit funding that will go to causes, projects, parks, schools and non-profits. Funding was secured from Greenland USA via the CRA/LA, the Designated Local Authority and successor to the City’s previous redevelopment agency, as part of the approved Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) for the Metropolis Project in Downtown Los Angeles, which includes community benefits related to the Transfer of Floor Area Rights (TFAR).

Councilmember Huizar worked with CRA/LA, with the input of Greenland USA, to ensure that affordable housing and homeless service providers received a substantial portion of the funds, with nearly $3 million allocated for those services. Another $2.3 million will fund open space and recreation improvements; $2 million will go towards transportation improvements and $1.17 million is allocated for streetscape improvements, cultural and public arts programs, and community and public facilities.

“The greater downtown Los Angeles community has graciously welcomed Greenland USA to its city and we’re proud to support it in a meaningful way through these community improvements,” said I-Fei Chang, CEO and president, Greenland USA. “Greenland USA and Metropolis are thrilled to be a part of the tremendous revitalization in all corners of downtown and the surrounding areas.” 

The project and the OPA date back decades with the CRA/LA and are now finalized utilizing CRA/LA’s reservation of unused Floor Area Rights, which comes from the portion of the Convention Center commonly referred to as the “Convention Center Expansion Site.”

Councilmember Huizar expressed his thanks to Greenland USA and the CRA/LA. 

“The range and scope of these community benefit funds is enormous and cast a wide net that will allow us to assist a number of worthwhile organizations, schools, parks and projects,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “I look forward to seeing these funds in action, helping us create a healthier, more equitable and sustainable city.”

Once completed, Metropolis will be the largest-mixed-use development on the west coast and will redefine the Los Angeles skyline.

Greenland USA’s Metropolis will catalyze the local economy and foster the growth of the community in the short and long-term by creating jobs, homes and retail space for businesses. Greenland USA will transform the surface parking lots visible along the 110 Harbor Freeway in Downtown, extending between James M. Wood Boulevard, Francisco Street and Eighth Street in Council District 14 into a modern property offering residential, retail and hospitality.

Recipients of the TFAR funding were pleased to partner with Greenland USA to support unfunded projects and services goals.

The Los Angeles Affordable Housing Trust Fund will receive $2.5 million for the creation of new affordable rental housing units for low- and very low-income households. Rushmore Cervantes is the General Manager of the City’s Housing and Community Investment Department, which oversees the affordable housing program.

“Funding for the creation and preservation of affordable housing has diminished significantly over the last five years, while the need for additional housing has continued to increase,” said Mr. Cervantes.  “I applaud Councilmember Huizar and the CRA/LA for acknowledging the needs of our low-income constituents and chronically homeless and for their leadership in allocating a large percentage of the OPA to get more Angelinos housed.”

Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit that provides permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles, will receive $300,000 for the rehabilitation of buildings that serve people who have experienced homelessness, extreme poverty, poor health, mental illness and/or addiction.

“The Skid Row Housing Trust is appreciative of the combined efforts of Councilmember José Huizar, the CRA/LA and Greenland USA to provide much-needed funding in support of our efforts to improve living conditions in Skid Row by renovating older residential buildings,” said Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director of SRHT.  “This funding is essential to help enhance the quality of life for formerly homeless individuals who are transforming their lives to become participants in a rich and diverse downtown community.”

Jill’s Place, a residence for homeless women at the Downtown Women’s Center, will receive $50,000 for the construction of a concrete block wall at the back patio of the residence to replace the existing dilapidated chain-link fence.

“We are excited to receive this funding for capital improvements to the patio of our permanent supportive housing on Los Angeles Street where we house 48 formerly homeless women,” said Lisa Watson, CEO of the Downtown Women’s Center.

“These renovations will allow us to enhance the safety of our buildings, while maintaining a warm and welcoming community environment for our residents. We thank Councilmember José Huizar for his support to end women’s homelessness.”

The Los Angeles Mission non-profit will receive $50,000 for facility improvements, which include upgrading the passenger elevator, improving ADA standards in the kitchen and serving areas, and repairing the damaged ceiling.

“The Los Angeles Mission is grateful for this donation that will help us continue to offer healthy meals, safe shelter and recovery programs to those in need,” said L.A. Mission President/CEO Herb Smith.

Para Los Niños will receive $50,000 for building improvements and summer programs for middle-school children from low-income families.

“Para Los Niños is extremely grateful to Councilmember José Huizar, CRA/LA and Greenland USA for this TFAR funding,” said Reginald Greene, Vice President of Para Los Niños Charter Schools. “These funds will allow PLN to make capital improvements at our Family Learning Complex serving 500 children, ages six weeks to fifth grade, as well as support summer programs at our 9th Street Middle School serving 300 youth.” 

FULL LIST OF IMPROVEMENTS

Affordable Housing & Homeless Services: $2.9 million

  • The Los Angeles Affordable Housing Trust Fund will receive $2.5 million for the creation of new affordable rental housing units for low- and very low-income households.
  • Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit that provides permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles, will receive $300,000 for the rehabilitation of buildings that serve people who have experienced homelessness, extreme poverty, poor health, mental illness and/or addiction.
  • Jill’s Place, a residence for homeless women, will receive $50,000 for the construction of a concrete block wall at the back patio of the residence to replace the existing dilapidated chain-link fence.
  • The Los Angeles Mission non-profit will receive $50,000 for facility improvements, which include upgrading the passenger elevator, improving ADA standards in the kitchen and serving areas, and repairing the damaged ceiling.

Public Open Space and Recreational Improvements: $2.3 million

  • The Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks will receive $1 million for public improvements to Hollenbeck Park, the largest open space in nearby Boyle Heights.
  • As part of creating public space around the new Sixth Street Viaduct project, the Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering will receive $1 million to construct a soccer field below the bridge.
  • The Pershing Square Task Force, through Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, will receive $250,000 for the development of a strategic plan, design guidelines, programming, park improvements, and community engagement aimed at re-envisioning Pershing Square.
  • $50,000 is allocated to the Industrial District Green for the planting and maintenance of trees in and around Skid Row and the Industrial District.

Transportation Improvements: $2 million

  • Non-profit Los Angeles Streetcar Inc. will receive $2 million to assist with planning, designing, engineering, construction, environmental review, economic impact study administration and architectural services for the Los Angeles Streetcar Project.

Streetscape Improvements, Cultural, Public Arts Programs, and Community & Public Facilities: $1.177 million

  • The Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering will receive $277,000 for design and installation of building façade lighting; installation of trash and/or recycling receptacles along the historic Broadway corridor and the Broadway Streetscape Plan.
  • $300,000 to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative to support activities and projects related to the Bringing Back Broadway Initiative.
  • The South Park Business Improvement District will receive $300,000 for planning, design, engineering, of the Avenue of the Angels Project that aims to improve pedestrian access and connectivity along Francisco Street linking South Park and the Financial District by the realignment of Francisco Street and installation of public streetscape improvements along Francisco Street.
  • The non-profit organization Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) will receive $150,000 for the restoration of the iconic mural of Anthony Quinn on Broadway (Pope of Broadway) by artist Eloy Torres.
  • Para Los Niños will receive $50,000 for building improvements and summer programs for middle-school children from low-income families.
  • $50,000 will go to Metro Charter School to fund building improvements for the new elementary school, and provide educational services to close the achievement gap for children living in poverty in Los Angeles.
  • $50,000 is allocated to California Hospital Medical Center to pay for the maintenance, operation and programming of the Hope Street Margolis Family Center that provides educational, health, wellness and social services to families in need and a pocket park located at Venice Boulevard and Hope Street.

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Councilmember Huizar Announces $8.37 Million for Housing, Homeless Services, Parks and Other Community Benefits

Councilmember José Huizar announced today the allocation of nearly $8.4 million in community benefit funding that will go to causes, projects, parks, schools and non-profits. Funding was secured from Greenland USA via the CRA/LA, the Designated Local Authority and successor to the City’s previous redevelopment agency, as part of the approved Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) for the Metropolis Project in Downtown Los Angeles, which includes community benefits related to the Transfer of Floor Area Rights (TFAR)

Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 3, 2014) – Councilmember José Huizar announced today the allocation of nearly $8.4 million in community benefit funding that will go to causes, projects, parks, schools and non-profits. Funding was secured from Greenland USA via the CRA/LA, the Designated Local Authority and successor to the City’s previous redevelopment agency, as part of the approved Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) for the Metropolis Project in Downtown Los Angeles, which includes community benefits related to the Transfer of Floor Area Rights (TFAR).

Councilmember Huizar worked with CRA/LA, with the input of Greenland USA, to ensure that affordable housing and homeless service providers received a substantial portion of the funds, with nearly $3 million allocated for those services. Another $2.3 million will fund open space and recreation improvements; $2 million will go towards transportation improvements and $1.17 million is allocated for streetscape improvements, cultural and public arts programs, and community and public facilities.

“The greater downtown Los Angeles community has graciously welcomed Greenland USA to its city and we’re proud to support it in a meaningful way through these community improvements,” said I-Fei Chang, CEO and president, Greenland USA. “Greenland USA and Metropolis are thrilled to be a part of the tremendous revitalization in all corners of downtown and the surrounding areas.” 

The project and the OPA date back decades with the CRA/LA and are now finalized utilizing CRA/LA’s reservation of unused Floor Area Rights, which comes from the portion of the Convention Center commonly referred to as the “Convention Center Expansion Site.”

Councilmember Huizar expressed his thanks to Greenland USA and the CRA/LA. 

“The range and scope of these community benefit funds is enormous and cast a wide net that will allow us to assist a number of worthwhile organizations, schools, parks and projects,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “I look forward to seeing these funds in action, helping us create a healthier, more equitable and sustainable city.”

Once completed, Metropolis will be the largest-mixed-use development on the west coast and will redefine the Los Angeles skyline.

Greenland USA’s Metropolis will catalyze the local economy and foster the growth of the community in the short and long-term by creating jobs, homes and retail space for businesses. Greenland USA will transform the surface parking lots visible along the 110 Harbor Freeway in Downtown, extending between James M. Wood Boulevard, Francisco Street and Eighth Street in Council District 14 into a modern property offering residential, retail and hospitality.

Recipients of the TFAR funding were pleased to partner with Greenland USA to support unfunded projects and services goals.

The Los Angeles Affordable Housing Trust Fund will receive $2.5 million for the creation of new affordable rental housing units for low- and very low-income households. Rushmore Cervantes is the General Manager of the City’s Housing and Community Investment Department, which oversees the affordable housing program.

“Funding for the creation and preservation of affordable housing has diminished significantly over the last five years, while the need for additional housing has continued to increase,” said Mr. Cervantes.  “I applaud Councilmember Huizar and the CRA/LA for acknowledging the needs of our low-income constituents and chronically homeless and for their leadership in allocating a large percentage of the OPA to get more Angelinos housed.”

Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit that provides permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles, will receive $300,000 for the rehabilitation of buildings that serve people who have experienced homelessness, extreme poverty, poor health, mental illness and/or addiction.

“The Skid Row Housing Trust is appreciative of the combined efforts of Councilmember José Huizar, the CRA/LA and Greenland USA to provide much-needed funding in support of our efforts to improve living conditions in Skid Row by renovating older residential buildings,” said Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director of SRHT.  “This funding is essential to help enhance the quality of life for formerly homeless individuals who are transforming their lives to become participants in a rich and diverse downtown community.”

Jill’s Place, a residence for homeless women at the Downtown Women’s Center, will receive $50,000 for the construction of a concrete block wall at the back patio of the residence to replace the existing dilapidated chain-link fence.

“We are excited to receive this funding for capital improvements to the patio of our permanent supportive housing on Los Angeles Street where we house 48 formerly homeless women,” said Lisa Watson, CEO of the Downtown Women’s Center.

“These renovations will allow us to enhance the safety of our buildings, while maintaining a warm and welcoming community environment for our residents. We thank Councilmember José Huizar for his support to end women’s homelessness.”

The Los Angeles Mission non-profit will receive $50,000 for facility improvements, which include upgrading the passenger elevator, improving ADA standards in the kitchen and serving areas, and repairing the damaged ceiling.

“The Los Angeles Mission is grateful for this donation that will help us continue to offer healthy meals, safe shelter and recovery programs to those in need,” said L.A. Mission President/CEO Herb Smith.

Para Los Niños will receive $50,000 for building improvements and summer programs for middle-school children from low-income families.

“Para Los Niños is extremely grateful to Councilmember José Huizar, CRA/LA and Greenland USA for this TFAR funding,” said Reginald Greene, Vice President of Para Los Niños Charter Schools. “These funds will allow PLN to make capital improvements at our Family Learning Complex serving 500 children, ages six weeks to fifth grade, as well as support summer programs at our 9th Street Middle School serving 300 youth.” 

FULL LIST OF IMPROVEMENTS

Affordable Housing & Homeless Services: $2.9 million

  • The Los Angeles Affordable Housing Trust Fund will receive $2.5 million for the creation of new affordable rental housing units for low- and very low-income households.
  • Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit that provides permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles, will receive $300,000 for the rehabilitation of buildings that serve people who have experienced homelessness, extreme poverty, poor health, mental illness and/or addiction.
  • Jill’s Place, a residence for homeless women, will receive $50,000 for the construction of a concrete block wall at the back patio of the residence to replace the existing dilapidated chain-link fence.
  • The Los Angeles Mission non-profit will receive $50,000 for facility improvements, which include upgrading the passenger elevator, improving ADA standards in the kitchen and serving areas, and repairing the damaged ceiling.

Public Open Space and Recreational Improvements: $2.3 million

  • The Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks will receive $1 million for public improvements to Hollenbeck Park, the largest open space in nearby Boyle Heights.
  • As part of creating public space around the new Sixth Street Viaduct project, the Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering will receive $1 million to construct a soccer field below the bridge.
  • The Pershing Square Task Force, through Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, will receive $250,000 for the development of a strategic plan, design guidelines, programming, park improvements, and community engagement aimed at re-envisioning Pershing Square.
  • $50,000 is allocated to the Industrial District Green for the planting and maintenance of trees in and around Skid Row and the Industrial District.

Transportation Improvements: $2 million

  • Non-profit Los Angeles Streetcar Inc. will receive $2 million to assist with planning, designing, engineering, construction, environmental review, economic impact study administration and architectural services for the Los Angeles Streetcar Project.

Streetscape Improvements, Cultural, Public Arts Programs, and Community & Public Facilities: $1.177 million

  • The Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering will receive $277,000 for design and installation of building façade lighting; installation of trash and/or recycling receptacles along the historic Broadway corridor and the Broadway Streetscape Plan.
  • $300,000 to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative to support activities and projects related to the Bringing Back Broadway Initiative.
  • The South Park Business Improvement District will receive $300,000 for planning, design, engineering, of the Avenue of the Angels Project that aims to improve pedestrian access and connectivity along Francisco Street linking South Park and the Financial District by the realignment of Francisco Street and installation of public streetscape improvements along Francisco Street.
  • The non-profit organization Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) will receive $150,000 for the restoration of the iconic mural of Anthony Quinn on Broadway (Pope of Broadway) by artist Eloy Torres.
  • Para Los Niños will receive $50,000 for building improvements and summer programs for middle-school children from low-income families.
  • $50,000 will go to Metro Charter School to fund building improvements for the new elementary school, and provide educational services to close the achievement gap for children living in poverty in Los Angeles.
  • $50,000 is allocated to California Hospital Medical Center to pay for the maintenance, operation and programming of the Hope Street Margolis Family Center that provides educational, health, wellness and social services to families in need and a pocket park located at Venice Boulevard and Hope Street.

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