LA Family Housing (LAFH), one of the leading homeless service providers and affordable real estate developers in Los Angeles, broke ground yesterday on My Angel apartments, a new permanent supportive housing project in North Hills, CA. My Angel will provide 54 permanent supportive homes for veterans and individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
“When the 54 veterans and individuals who will be housed at My Angel are settled into their brand new apartments, all the angels involved in making this happen will surely get their wings,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose 3rd Supervisorial District includes the North Hills community. “My Angel will provide housing for people who honorably served this country and then had a long struggle with chronic homelessness. Apartment by apartment, building by building, we are expanding bridge and permanent housing for San Fernando Valley residents so that, with time, every person in the County will have a place to call home.”
At a time when more than 66,000 people across Los Angeles County are experiencing homelessness on any given night, including nearly 4,000 veterans, this building will provide Angelenos with permanent homes and a range of supportive services such as comprehensive case management, connections to healthcare services, and education and employment resources to help them regain personal stability. The development will also feature amenities such as a community garden, gated dog park, and recreation rooms.
“Yesterday, we’re breaking ground on 54 units to house and support LA’s veterans and individuals with mental health needs experiencing homelessness,” said Council President Nury Martinez, Council District 6. “I’m proud to say that my district is leading in the Valley for Prop HHH units, and continues to be a leader in building affordable and permanent supportive housing.”
The land on which My Angel apartments will be constructed was donated by Hal Kassner, owner and founder of Angel Appliances, which operated on the site for 50 years. A veteran himself, Kassner sold Angel Appliances in 2016 and wanted the property to go to an organization that would build homes for veterans. Kassner donated the land to LA Family Housing in 2017.
“We are beyond grateful to Hal and all our partners for making it possible for us to build new housing for veterans in the San Fernando Valley,” said Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, President and CEO of LA Family Housing. “LA Family Housing is proud to have collaborated these last four years with our service partners, elected officials, and the North Hills community to expand the resources and services available to those most in need in our region.”
My Angel apartments will be completed in 2023. The project was designed by GGA+ Architects and will be constructed by United Building Company and AMJ Construction Management, Inc.