LACDMH CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF MOSAIC GARDENS
By Karen Zarsadiaz-Ige, LACDMH Public Information Officer
On Wednesday, March 5th, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) celebrated the grand opening of Mosaic Gardens at Huntington Park. The event was hosted by LINC Housing Corporation.
Located in Service Area 7, Supervisorial District 1, Mosaic Gardens is one of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) housing program projects. The housing community consists of 24 units. Fifteen of the 24 units are designated for Transition Age Youth (TAY) between 18-24 years old, including former foster youth who are currently served by LACDMH. The remaining units are reserved for low-income families.
Before moving into Mosaic Gardens, 23-year-old Shonn was living on Skid Row. He spent his teen-age years in the foster system and group homes. He shared how grateful he was to meet people who helped him get off the streets and into a safe place he could call home. “To have people like them, it’s a blessing,” Shonn told the audience. “Today is a special day for me… pretty much. There is good out there. You have to be optimistic. Here I am today – and the future is looking good.” The future is looking bright for Shonn as he shared his plan to become a peer advocate for MHLA.
Mosaic Gardens at Huntington Park underwent a major transformation, turning a former vacant, 55-room motel into a new housing community. It’s equipped with a community room, computer lab, playground, barbeques, courtyard and counseling rooms. The TAY living at Mosaic Gardens will continue to access LACDMH programs. And, all residents will have access to after school programs, parenting classes, financial literacy workshops, and health and well-being programs.
“That’s what we are here put on earth to do… to build community, make connections with one another and make lives better,” said Marvin J. Southard, D.S.W., LACMDH Director. “As we build this community, we are building ourselves. Investing in the teens here, we are investing in our future and investing in ourselves.”
Mosaic Gardens consists of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The development has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is pursuing a LEED Platinum certification for its green features, including dual-pane low-e windows, solar hot water, drought tolerant landscaping and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
Besides LACDMH and the LINC Housing Corporation, the following companies all contributed to the development of Mosaic Gardens at Huntington Park: Advent Companies, Ahmanson Foundation, AMJ Construction Management, Inc., The California Endowment, California Housing Finance Agency Multifamily Finance, City of Huntington Park, Curacao Furniture, Huntington Park Police Department, Huntington Park Department of Public Works, JAG Interiors, Killefer Flammang Architects, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Housing Authority, Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc., Rio Hondo Community Mental Health Center, Roybal Family Mental Health Service, San Antonio Mental Health Center, So Cal HERS Raters, The John Stewart Company and U.S. Bank.