The Venice Community Housing Corporation will mark the opening of its 14th property -Horizon Apartments – during a celebration at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Larry’s Restaurant, 24 Windward Ave., Venice.
Horizon Apartments is a 20-unit building in Venice that provides permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with disabilities.
The Venice Community Housing Corporation received financial assistance from private and public partners to purchase and refurbish the short-term privately owned hotel property. The corporation works to provide neighborhood-based solutions for low-income and homeless families and individuals.
“When you give people a permanent space to call home, they have the time and ability to focus on the things that they need to do to get back on track,” said Steve Clare, Venice Community Housing Corporation executive director.
“Each and every individual housed is a success. A success story for that person.”
According to recent surveys, over 200 individuals regularlysleep on the beach of Venice. While some will receive temporary relief at the Westside winter shelter, Clare said the need for permanent affordable and supportive housing is crucial to truly deal with the ever-growing issue of homelessness.
One new resident of the Horizon Apartments is Frank Freemont, who was formerly homeless in Venice for 15 years.
“I still cannot believeI have my own place. Now I could get to do the things that I love,” said Freemont, who enjoys playing the guitar and used to perform on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Collaborative partners on the project included architect Ralph Mechur, contractor Fassberg Contractive Corporation, finance consultant Nancy Lewis & Associates, and relocation consultant Shober Consulting.
Funding was provided by the Ahmanson Foundation, California Department of Housing and Community Development, California Housing Finance Agency, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.