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Construction is underway for South LA supportive housing


Construction is underway on a $23 million permanent supportive and low-income housing complex in the Florence-Firestone community.

The nonprofit housing organization, A Community of Friends (ACOF) and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hosted a groundbreaking ceremony recently for the Firestone Phoenix complex at 7321 Miramonte Blvd.

“This project represents progress,” Ridley-Thomas said. “We are on a path to restore dignity and purpose for all who call Los Angeles home. We simply must not stop until we achieve that dream.”

Of Firestone Phoenix’s 44 units of supportive housing, 36 will be set aside for formerly homeless households—with 20 of those units for veterans who are homeless, chronically homeless or homeless with a disability, and 16 units reserved for formerly homeless households.

Seven apartments will be for low-income families and one will be used as a manager’s unit.

Amenities will include a community room and kitchen, computer room, laundry room, outdoor lounge, community garden and children’s play area, according to ACOF.

The project has about a dozen financial supporters that include state, county and local funding sources as well as Bank of America.

Case management services that will be provided to the tenants of Firestone Phoenix are being funded by the county’s Measure H, and ACOF will be the service provider.