New Permanent Supportive Housing Community Opens in Skid Row
SP7 Apartments will end homelessness for 99 individuals
Los Angeles, June 28, 2022–On June 21, 2022, The Skid Row Housing Trust celebrated the Grand Opening of its newest permanent supportive housing development, SP7 Apartments. Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and resident Chantel Jones spoke at the celebration, which was attended by staff, community supporters, and key partners.
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“With the opening of SP7 Apartments and San Pedro House, we are one step closer to realizing the vision of a brighter and more equitable future for everyone in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This project opens a pathway to healing, hope, and a safe place to call home. A place to recover, rebuild and reimagine a prosperous and stable life.”
The project includes 81 units of new construction, including one manager’s unit, at 519 E. 7th Street and 19 rehabbed units at 647 S. San Pedro Street, a site known as San Pedro House. The permanent supportive housing community will provide homes and services to 99 formerly unhoused individuals, including veterans.
Skid Row Housing Trust CEO Sierra Atilano shared, “This project was made possible because of the partnership, commitment, and determination of many folks, including the voters who passed Prop HHH and Measure H. Thank you for saying YES to building dignified homes and funding the supportive services so desperately needed to address the growing homelessness crisis.”
The community features outdoor gardens, a spacious community room, laundry facilities, bike storage, and designated services space. SP7 Apartments is managed by SRHT Property Management Company. On-site case management, provided by Skid Row Housing Trust, responds to the unique needs and challenges of formerly unhoused residents and includes physical health, mental health, life skills, and connection to additional resources.
Development partners for SP7 Apartments include KFA Architecture, Snyder Langston Residential, and AMJ Construction. The development has seven financing partners, California Housing Financial Agency, California Department of Housing and Community Development, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Los Angeles County Development Authority, Los Angeles Housing Department, Union Bank, and National Equity Fund, Inc.
Chantel Jones, a new resident, shared, “I finally have a home with a key and a door that locks. I have somewhere safe to lay my head at night. I have somewhere private where I can chill, be myself, and decide who can come into my space. I am proud of the work I have done to get here.”
Skid Row Housing Trust (the Trust) is a nonprofit organization that provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness. Since 1989, the Trust has rehabilitated buildings in Downtown Los Angeles for affordable permanent supportive housing and has built new communities in Los Angeles County. Nearly 2,000 people call a Skid Row Housing Trust community their home. For more information, please visit www.skidrow.org