On Sept. 19, Councilman Curren Price joined President/CEO Charlene Dimas-Peinado of Wellnest for a sneak peak of The Nest on Florence, a new 50-unit housing development for young men and women and their families who are at-risk for homelessness or have become homeless, as well as experiencing a mental health issue.
Construction of the five-story permanent supportive housing complex, which will include 34 studios and 16 one-bedrooms, a recreation area, community room, laundry facilities, and other amenities, is currently underway thanks to $12 million from Measure HHH and Measure H tax dollars.
The most recent homelessness count reports there are more than 400 homeless youth in CD 9, which includes Transitional Age Youth (young adults between the ages of 18 and 24), unaccompanied minors and children in young families.
“These are vulnerable people who are at a crossroads where support and understanding could make a huge difference in the direction their lives will go, and they are the types of young adults and families that The Nest on Florence is dedicated to serve,” said Councilmember Price. “At The Nest, these young men and women will find refuge, an array of supportive services and opportunities that can lead to newfound independence, stability and a more promising future.”
When complete, The Nest will offer a variety of wrap-around services onsite such as mental health, education and job training, addiction and recovery services, legal issues and more.
The Nest on Florence, located at 410 E. Florence Ave., is expected to open its doors within the next 18 months joining dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. More than 2,000 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing units have been identified within CD9. This includes nearly 1,600 units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.
On Sept. 18, the Office of Councilman Curren Price, in partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and Worldwide Produce, were able to answer the need of the neighbors in the distribution of hundreds of FREE produce boxes at the VCN YouthSource Center (1006 E. 28th St.) in District 9.
If you are a local family in need of resources, contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.
During a status conference on Sept. 17, Councilmember Curren Price updated U.S. District Judge David Carter on his plans to provide shelter for an estimated 482 people living within 500 feet of the freeway in District 9.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other risk factors such as exposure to carcinogens, lead and being hit by cars, Judge Carter ordered last May that the City of LA must relocate 6,000 homeless individuals living near freeways by June 2021.
Specific to District 9, Councilmember Price has developed a strategy that is expected to provide 750 beds for individuals experiencing homeless currently living along the 110 freeway from Manchester to the I-10 by the summer of 2021.
Below are a few highlights shared this week:
- A project along 68th Street and Avalon Boulevard, spearheaded by Volunteers of America, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and with support from the City, is opening its first phase of 100 beds with a clinic onsite very soon. Additional phases will include another 250 plus beds, laundry facilities, as well as storage space and safe parking.
- A second “A Bridge Home” site, which will house 15 families, will also open next month in October and will include comprehensive cleanup services for the neighborhood.
- Earlier this week, HOPICS (Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System) launched its “Street to Home” pilot rapid re-housing project in CD 9 and was successfully able to house the first 13 people. Councilman Price’s Office will continue to work with the service provider to ensure they remain on track to house 60 individuals by the end of October. “Street to Home” aims to move entire homeless encampments into apartment units provided the residents agree to the housing opportunity.