Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson kicked off 2021 on January 5 by breaking ground on a new permanent supportive housing facility that will serve formerly homeless seniors. In 2019, there were 125,000 low-income seniors in the City of Los Angeles, but just 7,800 affordable units designated for seniors. Black and Latinx seniors are disproportionately represented in the homelessness community due to decades of institutional racism. The Chesterfield is using HHH funding to transform what was once a homeless encampment at 46th and Normandie into a stable and sustainable community.
Residents at The Chesterfield will benefit from wrap-around services provided by St. Joseph Center, including dedicated case management, physical and mental health care, employment training and peer support.
Watch the groundbreaking on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=195235219001140
The Navigation Center at 729 W. Manchester Avenue is providing critical services to people experiencing homelessness and connecting them to resources, such as employment opportunities and supportive housing. This nearly $9 million HHH funded project will allow thousands of unhoused Angelenos to safely wash and store their belongings while accessing additional services.
The Navigation Center involved the assembly of modular units to form an integrated building to house a homeless operations center. While the center’s primary use is to provide storage space for the most vulnerable in our neighborhoods – in the form of approximately 250 individually allocated storage bins – the center is a one-stop-shop providing a number of services to those experiencing homelessness. There are restrooms, showers, and dressing room facilities, classrooms for job training, laundry facilities, and offices for the Navigation Center staff to connect clients to housing and employment services.
This project is a step towards restoring hope and humanity to our brothers and sisters on the streets. The best way to connect individuals in need of services is to dial 2-1-1 or contact the services provider – Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) at (323) 432-4399.