On June 25, Councilman Curren Price joined Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) and new residents in celebration of the opening of Florence Mills Apartments, a mixed-use affordable housing development in the Vernon/Central neighborhood of District 9.
The development includes 74 apartments that will provide housing to low-income families, formerly homeless veterans and those with special needs. The Florence Mills Apartments pays homage to the talented jazz singer and dancer Florence Mills who was well known and loved during the Harlem Renaissance and who had a lasting impact on the history and culture of Central Avenue.
“Florence Mills Apartments not only brings much-needed housing to our City but will also provide critical services that will change the lives of the people who will call Florence Mills home,” said Councilmember Price. “Florence Mills was a founding ‘mother’ of the jazz scene along the Historic Central Avenue corridor and it is so fitting that this building will carry her namesake in the heart of where she was a strong advocate who fought for equality and the rights of all people. It is her spirit that we lean on as the City of Los Angeles continues in its efforts to combat the homelessness crisis with determination, persistence and resilience.”
The grand opening and community celebration also featured performances from the Young Musicians Foundation, which has a long-standing history of providing musical instruction to disadvantaged communities for over 60 years. Their headquarters will be moved to the new Florence Mills Apartments ground floor space. HCHC will subsidize the costs of the 5,000 square foot space, where YMF will serve the residents of both the Florence Mills and Paul Williams apartments with tuition-free music instruction.
Click here to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony.