HOLLYWOOD, CA – Abbey Road and Linc Housing, both nonprofit developers of affordable and supportive housing, have teamed up to build Sun Commons, an affordable and supportive 103-unit housing development for large families in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Half of the new homes are for people who have experienced homelessness and the other half are for families and low-income individuals. Intensive case management and on-site support services are provided by Penny Lane, Abbey Road's non-profit sister organization.
"The real answer to homelessness is housing," said Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles city councilor. “This very important project will not only create housing but also provide ongoing Penny Lane services that will really change lives. We're going to build a real community here. A community of support, a community of empowerment, a community of positive change and hope. "
Los Angeles County has also made affordable and supportive housing a priority. "Rising rents are driving far too many people homeless," said Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles district chief. "Buildings like the Sun Commons mean that 103 households have the security of a roof over their heads and the knowledge that they will never have to move because their landlord has raised the rent beyond their means."
Sun Commons receives financial support from the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). "The lack of affordable housing coupled with the rise in homelessness requires further investment to meet this need," said Emilio Salas, Executive Director of LACDA. "In the past five years, the LACDA has funded over 6,000 units of affordable housing across Los Angeles County and will continue to invest in future housing developments such as Sun Commons."
The new building at 6329 Clybourn Street in North Hollywood will have 16 studios, 29 one-bedroom, 32 two-bedroom and 26 three-bedroom units. 51 apartments are for the homeless, 50 for families and individuals with an income of 30 to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and two for on-site property management. Communal facilities include many common areas for residents, including two common rooms, several rooftop terraces, a play area for children who live on-site, and a communal garden. The building will also have a gym, bicycle parking and rooms for a wide range of social and support services. The location gives residents easy access to schools, a park, a library and a large grocery store.
Sun Commons will have staff on hand to provide in-depth case management, mental health and other services that are individually tailored to the needs of each family or person. The aim is to help families and individuals to improve their quality of life, to feel safe and stable, and at the same time to pursue life goals well beyond the subsistence level. The wide range of support services includes job placement, counseling, life skills training, transportation assistance, drug abuse counseling and treatment, medical and dental help, and referrals to community organizations that can fill service gaps.
"We understand that the success of any home depends very much on support services," said Bernie La Fianza, Abbey Road's chief financial officer. “Penny Lane will provide residents with the tools they need to be successful through intensive case management. We are very excited to be working with Linc, a well-known leader in housing construction, to bring new homes to this neighborhood. "
Suny Lay Chang, President and COO of Linc Housing, added, “We were so excited when Abbey Road asked us to participate in this new housing. Whenever we can convert an unused property into urgently needed living space, it is a win. Abbey Road and Penny Lane share Linc's vision of using residential neighborhoods to revitalize neighborhoods and lay the foundations for communities to grow and thrive. "
Funding for the development comes from a variety of sources including Proposition HHH Funds managed by the Housing + Community Investment Department of the City of Los Angeles (HCIDLA) and the Los Angeles County Development Authority (General and Measure H Funds). Other sources include funding from California Housing & Community Development's Supportive Housing Multifamily Housing Program and Infill Infrastructure Grant Program, tax credits from the National Equity Fund, a California Community Reinvestment Corp. standing loan. and a Wells Fargo home loan.
Designed to be LEED Gold certified, Sun Commons will incorporate many sustainable and environmentally conscious features such as a solar thermal hot water system, drought tolerant landscaping, low flow kitchen and bathroom fixtures, non-toxic paints and flooring, photovoltaic panels, and with Energy Star rated lights and devices.
The new community was designed by KFA Architecture and is being built by Bernards Builders. The development should be completed in 2022.