Construction is under way on Huntington Square, an affordable and supportive apartment community for low-income seniors and formerly homeless senior veterans, including people experiencing chronic homelessness and those living with a mental health disability.
“Huntington Square is not only providing 48 new homes, it’s also going to send a very clear message to the countless other veterans and seniors either experiencing homelessness now or who are at risk of losing their home that when it comes to bringing them in off the street or preventing them from ever getting there, we have not forgotten them,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who represents Huntington Park.
The developer, A Community of Friends (ACOF), said the project is scheduled for completion in late 2024. The 48-unit development includes 17 studio units, 30 one-bedroom units, and one two-bedroom unit designated for the on-site property manager. Amenities intended to promote community and support overall wellness include: a community room with kitchen, property management and case management offices, computer room, fitness room, laundry facilities, landscaped interior courtyard with seating areas, and covered parking.
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Department of Veteran Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System partner with ACOF to provide services to the residents.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Councilmember Graciela Ortiz said, “This project took collaboration, many talks, and many meetings to truly understand the needs of our community. For that, I want to say thank you to A Community of Friends. We have to make sure that whatever project comes into our community is a project that will be beneficial to the community.”
ACOF President and CEO Dora Leong Gallo said, “We are thrilled to have forged such a close partnership with the City of Huntington Park in the creation of an important supportive housing project for seniors and veterans in this community.”
ACOF currently has 43 buildings in its portfolio in Los Angeles and Orange counties, providing homes for nearly 2,600 people, including nearly 650 children.