A note from Mike about today’s groundbreaking of the new Gateway Apartment in Del Rey.

The real solution to homelessness is housing — and today was a good day for building housing for our homelessness neighbors! We broke ground today on the new Gateway Apartments in Del Rey and got to celebrate the construction of 20 new units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and chronically homeless people on the Westside. The project is being developed in partnership between the Venice Community Housing Corporation and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, and St. Joseph Center will provide case management services for all residents once the apartments open in 2016.

Twenty units is just a drop in the bucket for what we need to address homelessness in Los Angeles, but I am phenomenally proud to see progress being made toward real, sustainable solutions to getting people off the street and into housing. Other projects in my district are being built by PATH – Making it Home and 1736 Family Crisis Center, and I am determined to find more opportunities to build affordable and permanent supportive housing in CD11.

I am really grateful to VCHC, HCHC, St. Joe’s, LA City, LA County, and all the funders for making this happen — and to the Del Rey Neighborhood Council for its support!