Los Angeles – The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and Related California opened the first phase of the redevelopment and expansion of the Rose Hill Courts public housing complex in Northeast Los Angeles. Local leaders, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon, Los Angeles Chief Housing and Homelessness Officer Lourdes Castro Ramirez, and HUD Regional Administrator Jason Pu joined for the occasion.
One of the oldest public housing complexes in Los Angeles, Rose Hill Courts was originally constructed by HACLA in 1942. Through an RFQ process, HACLA selected Related California as their partner to redevelop the aging site, in two phases, into 185 multifamily units, parking and community building.
“Rose Hill Courts is an example of how we are always stronger when we work together. This development and its long-term positive impact is a testament to the fortitude of Rose Hill Courts and the entire community,” said HACLA President and CEO Doug Guthrie.
The first phase includes 89 units geared toward current residents of Rose Hill Courts. Phase II will include 96 new units geared toward large families (replacing eight buildings consisting of 80 units.) All units will be deeply affordable and supported by regular Section 8 Project Based Vouchers or the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) vouchers.
When the redevelopment is complete, the site will include nine buildings with (88) one-bedroom units, (59) two-bedroom units, (30) three-bedroom units and (8) four-bedroom units. The second phase will include a 5,300 square foot community building with management and social services offices and a community meeting space. There will also be a ‘central park’ green space, creating a park-like setting for residents.
“The limited supply of affordable housing is the keystone issue affecting Los Angeles. We are proud to partner with HACLA to redevelop Rose Hill Courts and build more affordable, quality housing for families and individuals,” said Related California Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Witte.
The redevelopment also secured state funding for creating one mile of bikeway paths that connect to the existing bicycle network, new sidewalks, and the purchase of eight new electric DASH buses to strengthen connections to transit for the entire neighborhood.
A workforce development partnership with GRID Alternatives provided solar installation job training and job placement to disadvantaged residents. By developing new housing near an existing transit plaza, this development implements the City of Los Angeles’ Community Plan’s policy to encourage pedestrian activity and the use of public transportation.
“Residents across Los Angeles County continue to struggle with the high cost of living and housing—one of the main drivers of homelessness,” said Supervisor Solis. “Rose Hill Courts is an example of how local jurisdictions should work to preserve and improve affordable housing. Projects like this one are critical to stopping the inflow of homelessness into our streets. To that end, I’m grateful to all the partners for working to support our most vulnerable neighbors.”
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) was established in 1938 by City of Los Angeles Resolution No. 1241. HACLA is one of the nation’s largest and leading public housing authorities, providing the largest supply of quality affordable housing to residents of the City of Los Angeles. HACLA provides affordable housing to over 83,000 households in its Public Housing and Section 8 rental assistance programs, and offers a range of permanent supportive housing programs for homeless households, including: Project-Based, HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, Homeless, Tenant Based Supportive Housing, Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), Continuum of Care and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program. For more information, visit www.hacla.org.
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About Related California
Related California, the West Coast affiliate of Related Companies, is a fully integrated real estate firm that develops multifamily residential and mixed-use properties in California. Since 1989, Related California has undertaken a range of transformational developments from best in class luxury high rise residential properties to the redevelopment of obsolete public housing, spanning a broad spectrum of urban infill, affordable, mixed-income and market rate multi-family developments. The company has a development portfolio of more than 19,500 residential units completed or under construction, and more than 4,200 affordable and 7,300 market rate units in pre-development.
Related California has a long history of community partnership, having collaborated with more than 40 municipalities and over 30 non-profit organizations throughout California, and has successfully developed and managed a broad range of property types throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Related California has developed more than $9.3 billion in assets and has a track record of consistently developing communities that exceed industry benchmarks in design, construction, sustainability and property management. For more information about Related California, visit www.relatedcalifornia.com.