Officials with the Vendome Palms, a 36-unit project for mentally ill and homeless tenants, will be on hand during a Thursday night meeting to address the concerns of residents and business owners located near the Silver Lake development. In July, the City Council approved a $6.2 million loan to help A Community of Friends, a nonprofit housing developer, renovate a 1926 apartment building at Vendome Street near Sunset Boulevard into low-cost housing for homeless and mentally ill residents. Plans include services and case managers to assist the tenants, who will be housed primarily in studio apartments.
While Councilman Eric Garcetti, who supports the project, said he would address residents’ concerns, some residents who live near the Vendome Palms remain worried about the project’s impact on their corner of Silver Lake. Said one resident via email:
“Vendome Palms is “independent living” which means that the service providers will basically have no say over how these people behave outside of their walls … Many of us in the neighborhood feel that it is crucial that we have them to agree to certain guidelines of accountability – in writing. We need to know that if any of their residents are a constant nuisance, harassing or endangering people, engaging in criminal activity, loitering in the park or at local businesses, etc that there will be a mechanism in place to remove them from the facility.”
The meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23rd from 7 PM – 9PM at The Russian Orthodox Church, 650 Micheltorena St.
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Affordable housing developer seeks city loan for 36-unit Silver Lake project. The Eastsider