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Weingart Center Launches High-Rise Housing for Unhoused Angelenos

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A new high-rise building is set to open on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles towards the end of June, providing much-needed housing for unhoused Angelenos. The 19-story building, developed by the Weingart Center, will feature 278 units, each costing about $600,000. Funding comes from the city’s Prop HHH state housing funds, alongside $56 million in state tax credits.

This new addition to Skid Row will offer a range of amenities designed to support residents, including a gym, cafe, art studio, soundproofed music room, computer room/library, TV lounge, and six common balconies, four of which have dog runs. A commercial kitchen on the second floor will serve Weingart’s 600-bed shelter next door, replacing the current kitchen that will be demolished to make way for a future third tower.

The building will also include a floor dedicated to offices for case workers, conference rooms, and property managers. The inclusion of music and art rooms aims to facilitate programming by external organizations, promoting creative engagement among residents.

Residents will have the flexibility to bring in food from outside, cook in their rooms, or buy meals prepared in the on-site kitchen. Each unit, comprising 228 studios and 50 one-bedroom apartments, is equipped with a TV. The ground floor cafe, with its two-story glass wall facing a courtyard, will host movie nights to foster community among residents.

The Weingart Center aims to provide comprehensive wraparound services to its residents, addressing the needs of seniors, veterans, women, LGBTQAI+ community members, the formerly incarcerated, and others experiencing homelessness. These services are designed to help residents overcome challenges and achieve a fulfilling life.

The $165-million project demonstrates a significant investment in providing sustainable housing solutions for Los Angeles’ homeless population. The second tower, featuring 302 units, is scheduled to open in about 18 months on the south side of 6th Street, with a third 104-unit tower currently in the planning phase.

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