GRAND OPENING FOR NOHO SENIOR VILLAS
By Karen Zarsadiaz, Public Information Officer II
On Thursday, November 29, 2012, the NoHo Senior Villas officially opened its doors for the community to see. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supported this project that created 49 apartments for seniors who were homeless and/or diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Thirty of the one-bedroom apartments are designated units for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) eligible clients.
“It’s thrilling and so exciting that Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and all of us here are embracing permanent supportive housing as a solution to chronic homelessness, especially those with diagnosed mental illness,” stated Flora Gil Krisiloff, Senior Field Deputy & Deputy on Homelessness and Mental Health for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd District.
The NoHo Senior Villas is made up of affordable apartments for seniors ages 55 years and older. The project broke ground in April 2011 and was completed in October 2012. PATH Ventures will be providing on-site resident services coordination and case management services. The lead mental health services provider is the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center.
LACDMH committed more than $6.2 million of MHSA Housing Program funds for the NoHo Senior Villas, designating $3.1 million for capital development and $3.1 million for operating subsidies. Over the term of the loan, LACDMH will provide $3.6 million of in-kind mental health services for the tenants residing in the MHSA-funded units. With LACDMH’s commitment, the project leveraged an additional $13.8 million to finance the development of the project.
“These things (housing communities) don’t just happen by accident. It takes two things: leadership and partnership,” said LACDMH Director Marvin J. Southard, D.S.W. “Events like these (grand openings) don’t happen without partnerships. So, we are pleased to have built partnerships so we can build more projects like this one.”
The grand opening was hosted by Clifford Beers Housing and PATH Ventures who were also the project sponsors and developers. Besides LACDMH, the NoHo Senior Villas was also supported by the City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles Housing Department, Community Development Department and Community Redevelopment Agency), the County of Los Angeles (Community Development Commission) and the State of California (Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Debt Limit Allocation Committee and Department of Housing & Community Development). Other supporters include Citi Community Capital, Corporation for Supportive Housing, California Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco – Affordable Housing Program and the Raymond James Tax Credit Funds.