EAST LOS ANGELES — Officials last week held a grand opening for Whittier Place, a 25-unit affordable housing complex that includes services to support formerly homeless families.
The three-story project, constructed on the site of a vacant lot and former bar on Whittier Boulevard, includes 18 partially furnished apartments for homeless families, according East L.A. Community Corp., a nonprofit developer. The remainder of the of one- and two-bedroom units are for other low-income tenants, said a spokeswoman.
In addition to a recreational courtyard, community room and off-street parking, Whittier Place, built by Walton Construction, will offer services from the Los Angeles House of Ruth, which assists women and children that have been the victims of domestic violence. The 18 homeless families will have on-site access to mental and supportive health services.
“Being on site at Whittier Place Apartments will allow [us to] continue to work with formerly homeless families and build community so that they will continue to support each other and other families in the building,” said Sister Jennifer Gaeta, a member of the House of Ruth, in a statement.
The development cost an estimated $13.4 million, according to state records.