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Hollywood Community Housing Newsletter
Summer 2017
A Season of Groundbreakings!

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the groundbreaking of the  Palo Verde Apartments in the City of El Monte! We are thrilled to begin construction on our first building in the San Gabriel Valley with units reserved for veterans! 
On April 22nd, the community of South Los Angeles joined us for the groundbreaking of the  Paul R. Williams Apartments . A big thank you to LA City Councilmember Curren Price, Rushmore Cervantes from the City's Housing and Community Investment Department, and Charmaine Atherton from Bank of America Merrill Lynch for their support on this development.  

Up Next!


Coronel Apartments
In June, HCHC began construction on our 29th development, the Coronel Apartments. The 54-unit affordable housing development is located in the neighborhood of East Hollywood, just 1,200 feet from the Hollywood / Western Metro Red Line Station. 
Partner Highlight

As HCHC begins construction on the Palo Verde Apartments and expands our footprint throughout LA County, we would like to take a moment to thank our partner, the Corporation of Supportive Housing (CSH) and its Los Angeles staff. Over the past several years, dedicated CSH professionals including Mee Heh Risdon, David Howden and Gabriele Hooks have provided HCHC with critical financial and technical support to enable us to move forward with our new housing developments. 

From the onset of the Palo Verde project, CSH was the first partner willing to take a risk with us on a unique and challenging project. Palo Verde was HCHC's first development with units reserved for homeless veterans and our first development in the San Gabriel Valley. CSH made acquisition and pre-development loans, provided technical assistance and participated in the community outreach process to gain the support needed for the project to proceed.

In addition to Palo Verde Apartments, CSH provided an acquisition and pre-development loan for the Stanford Avenue Apartments, a development that will be located in unincorporated LA County, providing 85 units of affordable apartments to low-income families and homeless individuals. Both of these projects were bolstered through HCHC's participation in CSH's 88 Communities Strong Initiative, funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation. This initiative funded capacity building activities for our staff and board to develop a strategy to expand critically needed PSH housing into the San Gabriel Valley and other parts of the County. 

As our community faces an increase in the number of homeless people on our streets and a shortage of half a million affordable housing units, we are grateful to have partners like CSH who share a common mission to provide housing and supportive services to the most vulnerable people in our community.  
New Faces
HCHC is excited to welcome three new employees!

Victoria Senna, HCHC's Housing Director has rejoined HCHC after spending the last six years developing affordable housing for Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in New Orleans. Victoria served as a Project Manager for HCHC from 2006-2010 and moved to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Victoria and her staff are currently managing three projects in construction that will result in 144 units of affordable housing and five projects in the development pipeline. 


HCHC is also pleased to welcome  Mia Logg , HCHC's Food Pantry Coordinator. Mia previously served as a Local Produce Coordinator at the Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver, Washington and worked with local farmers and food growers to bring more fresh produce into the emergency food system in Clark County. Mia received a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Mt. Holyoke and will be starting a Masters program in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA in the fall.  

Roxann Speight, HCHC's Resident Services Specialist returned to HCHC in May and previously served as a Resident Services Coordinator from 2007-2015. Roxann provides integral support to the Supportive Services team, including data entry and quality assurance for the online client database. She has a commercial driver's license and works closely with our partners to acquire vital donations of food, furniture and household supplies for HCHC's residents. 
Events
Thank you to  our honorees, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and to our generous sponsors, board members and staff for making the 16th Annual  Flavors of Hollywood  our most successful fundraiser yet! Board President, Jerry Neuman and Aggie Zamir graciously opened up their lovely home in Hancock Park and our guests 

enjoyed a delicious crawfish and shrimp boil prepared by the wonderful team at Clambake OC . Entertainment was provided by the 8-piece brass ensemble, the Mudbug Brass Band  and fresh beignets and kingcakes were served by New Orleans Sweet Treats




We would like to give a n extra special thank you to this year's Title Sponsor, City National BankThe proceeds from this fundraiser will help HCHC continue to develop affordable housing and services for working families and formerly homeless people. Click here to view pictures of the event on HCHC's Facebook page.
 


Books, Backpacks and Bright Futures is an initiative that was established by two of HCHC's most loyal supporters, Mark and Janet Brown, and is dedicated to providing educational enrichment programs that support academic success and nurture a love of learning for the children of HCHC. Through their generous support, HCHC kicked off the summer with our first annual book fair and provided all of the children of HCHC with free books from Scholastic!  

 

During the book fair, we invited the children to participate in a bookmark design competition and design an original bookmark using their favorite place or character from a book. Please join us in congratulating our two winners,  Semaya and Jonathan !
  
Kee p an eye on HCHC's  Facebook  page for updates on the winners of our Summer Reading Challenge.

If you are interested in supporting this beneficial program either through donations or in kind support, please click here to donate!
HCHC transforms communities by creating affordable housing that achieves design excellence and environmental sustainability, while at the same time respecting and preserving the history, culture and architecture of the communities we serve. HCHC strives to transform lives by providing services and access to resources that improve the quality of life for our residents.

Sincerely,

 



Sarah Letts
Hollywood Community Housing Corporation

Making It Real!

 

HCHC would like to express heartfelt thanks to the individuals, businesses and foundations who have contributed their support to safe and affordable housing for very low income and disabled households.

 

 

Alpha Construction


 

AMJ Construction 


 

Arroyo Insurance


 

Bank of America


 

Barker Management


 

Bocarsly Emden Cowan 

Esmail & Arndt LLP


 

Boston Private


 

Brooks+Scarpa Architects


 

Brown Family


California Bank & Trust


 

California Community Foundation


 

California Housing Partnership


 

Cal Solar Inc.


 

Century Housing


 

Citi Community Capital


 

CIT/One West Bank


 

City National Bank


 

Comerica Bank


 

Corporation for Supportive Housing


 

CTBC Bank


 


Ira Dankberg


 

Subir Das & Nisha Vyas


 

 

The David Geffen Foundation


 

 

Dreyfuss Construction

 

 

Enterprise Community Partners


 

 

Father Michael Gutierrez


 

FSY Architects


 

The Green Foundation


 

Holthouse Carlin & Van Tright LLP


 

Homage Design


 

The Home Depot Foundation


 

HOPWA


 

Hunt Mortgage Group


 

JPMorgan Chase

 

 

Kaiser Foundation


 

Killefer Flammang Architects


 

Koning Eizenberg


 

Law Offices of Ada Cordero-Sacks


 

Leopoldo Caballa Construction


 

Levitt & Rosemblum


 

LIIF


 

M2A Architects


 

Manufacturers Bank


 

Miller & Hall Family

 

Mission Valley Bank


 

NAI Capital


 

National Equity Fund


 

Next Level Elevator


 

 

Michael Okamura


 

Parker Environmental


 

Rebecca Dennison


 

 

Relevant Group


 

Rompage Hardware


 

Rosenheim & Associates


 

ShelterLLP Architects


 

Taproot Foundation


 

Titanium Engineering


 

Union Bank


 

 

United Melon Distributors


 

US Bank


 

Victoria Hunt-Weiss


 

WASH Multifamily Laundry Services


 

Wells Fargo


 

Westport Construction

 

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Vice President, Kyle B. Arndt
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Quick Facts
Founded in 1989
26 Buildings
807 units of affordable rental housing
511 units in 
pre-development
Over 1,700 residents served
300 children
285 seniors
100+ Volunteers
2700 Volunteer Hours Annually

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