LA Project Provides Affordable Housing, New Child Care Center

The 85-unit Caroline Severance Manor in Los Angeles brings together families and formerly homeless individuals facing a broad array of challenges in a service-enriched environment.

The development is located on an infill site in a densely populated area and had to overcome many challenges, including a complex land assembly. The contiguous, irregularly shaped site was created from the acquisition of five separate parcels from three different property owners

Leasing priority is being given to Kinship Care families, in which adult relatives care for children whose parents are unable to do so. To support related foster children with special needs, 18 units have been set aside for families with children who qualify for county Department of Mental Health services; another 48 units are designated as permanent supportive housing for Mental Health Services Act homeless clients.

To support needed child care in the community, Mercy Housing California is assisting First Unitarian Church to finish out a 5,000-square-foot child care facility, which will serve Caroline Severance Manor residents as well as neighborhood families. The Ketchum YMCA will operate the day care program.

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