Mayor Garcetti breaks ground on first housing development funded by Proposition HHH

The second phase of PATH Metro Villas will provide 122 new housing units, a primary healthcare clinic, and a mental health clinic.

LOS ANGELES  Mayor Garcetti broke ground today on the first permanent supportive housing complex financed by Proposition HHH, the voter-approved mandate that will help the City build 10,000 units of housing for homeless Angelenos over the next decade. He was joined by Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

“Today marks a new chapter in our fight to get homeless Angelenos off the streets and into homes,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “So I want to thank the people who backed Prop. HHH  with this groundbreaking, your votes are building a legacy that will support people for decades to come.”

Proposition HHH authorizes the City to issue up to $1.2 billion for the construction of permanent supportive housing and facilities for the homeless. The remaining eight projects in the first round of HHH funding are expected to break ground in January 2018.

The project, PATH Metro Villas, is expected to open in the spring of 2019, and will integrate 187 affordable and permanent supportive apartments and 88 interim housing beds with programs focused around health, employment, housing placement, and Veteran services. The Phase 2 development that begins construction today will provide 122 new affordable apartments, as well as health and mental health clinics.

“Let us be known as a compassionate city who cares for the most vulnerable among us,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. “We have a responsibility to make Los Angeles better today than it was yesterday and with the construction of new permanent supportive housing we are bringing hope to those in need.”

“I am so proud of the partnership between my office and PATH, and thrilled that the first HHH-funded project in the City of Los Angeles will provide the permanent supportive housing that homeless individuals in the 13th District so desperately need,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “I want to acknowledge and thank my staff for their work to connect our city departments with the project team to help make this development possible.”

Since its passage in November 2016, the City has established a Citizens Oversight Committee and approved a funding plan for FY 2017-18, which will provide the first $77 million for 615 affordable housing units and $12 million for six homeless facilities.

“Today’s groundbreaking marks the beginning of the great impact Proposition HHH will have in our communities,” said Joel John Roberts, PATH CEO. “I would like to thank Mayor Garcetti, city leaders and our partners for making this day possible. By continuing to work together on developments like PATH Metro Villas we will solve the crisis of homelessness.”

For more information about the City’s new Proposition HHH Permanent Supportive Housing Loan Program (PSHLP), please see this Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department’s webpage. For questions about the HHH PSHLP program, please contact hcidla.hhh.cfp@lacity.org for HHH-specific questions and concerns.