Planning and Development

Panama Apartments

5th Street, Los Angeles

Rehabilitation Project

72 Studio Apartments

Fully furnished

Private Bathroom and Kitchenette

 

Population Served - Homeless Individuals

Affordability Level - 50% AMI or Below

 

Amenities - Community Kitchen,

Lounge, Computer Area, Security Office,

On-site Supportive Services Office

Yankee Apartments

The Planning and Housing Development Division of SRO Housing Corporation oversees all new housing development projects undertaken by the organization.

 

Projects include the reconstruction and rehabilitation of existing buildings, capital improvements to existing buildings and the construction of new sites. Staff members oversee projects from conception to completion, beginning by seeking funding from agencies like the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the City of Industry and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC). They then weigh in on preliminary design concepts, the selection of architects, consultants and general contractors as well as site design issues like colors and furnishings. Finally, the project is handed over to the Property Management Division to achieve occupancy. Planning and Housing Development staff  also work at the macro level, scanning the horizon for new funding opportunities and projects.

 

SRO Housing Corporation has worked with award-winning architects like Michael Lehrer of Lehrer Architects, Killefer Flammang Architects and Dvoretzky Bardovi Bunnell Architects. General contractors include Westport Development and Dreyfuss Construction.

 

Based on our accomplishments as an affordable housing developer, SRO Housing Corporation was asked by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to build the Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center. Completed in 1999, the Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center is an 8,000 square foot facility that offers showers, community space, emergency shelter beds, storage space and case management services to the homeless community. Today the Drop-In Center is operated by Volunteers of America Los Angeles, a local homeless services provider. The Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center was the first facility of its kind, earning awards for its design and construction.

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