The City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), and Century Housing yesterday celebrated the groundbreaking of Anchor Place, a 120-unit supportive housing development for homeless families and veterans.
“Long Beach remains dedicated to ensuring housing stability for all our residents,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This development illustrates our unwavering commitment to ending homelessness and enhancing quality of life for very low-income families and veterans.”
Located within the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) campus, the five-story complex will include 75 units reserved for homeless veterans and 45 units set aside for extremely low-income residents. The development will consist of a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, extensive open space, and courtyard recreational areas. Residents will have access to comprehensive on-site supportive services, including case management, physical and mental health services, employment services, life skills training, and counseling.
“Anchor Place is a prime example of the City’s ongoing efforts to provide affordable, safe, and secure housing,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga. “This development will be a great addition to the Century Villages at Cabrillo campus, and further promotes vitality and livability throughout our neighborhoods.”
“The Department of Health and Human Services is a central player in working to find housing solutions for homeless individuals, families, and veterans in our City,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services. “It truly takes a village and incredible vision to make this possible — Century Housing, many different funding streams, and service providers have been instrumental in our efforts to provide housing for the homeless population in Long Beach.”
Rents will be subsidized through a combination of 75 project-based Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB); and Housing for Health, a County of Los Angeles flexible housing subsidy program. This is the first time that the HACLB has used VASH vouchers in support of an affordable housing development in the City. The vouchers will provide $720,000 annually, or a total of $10.8 million, to ensure housing support for homeless veterans for a 15-year period.
“In times when dollars are scarce, The LBCIC is proud to invest in supportive housing communities such as Anchor Place,” said The LBCIC Chair John Thomas. “Much like our earlier efforts at Century Villages at Cabrillo, Anchor Place will improve living conditions for the most vulnerable segment of our population.”
CVC is a vibrant, supportive housing community that is home to more than 1,300 residents, including veterans, homeless families, and those at-risk of becoming homeless. Anchor Place is the fifth phase of the 27-acre CVC campus development, and the project includes restoring the original social hall at the adjacent Savannah Cabrillo Naval Housing complex.
"Anchor Place will expand CVC's housing options for homeless veterans and families while providing comprehensive supportive services," said Ronald M. Griffith, President & CEO of Century Housing.
“The Anchor Place project will not only provide 120 dignified, supportive homes, including 75 for homeless veterans, but it will improve campus infrastructure, enhance the connectivity of our campus, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide for the long anticipated restoration of our historic social hall,” said Brian D’Andrea, Senior VP of Century Housing and President of Century Villages at Cabrillo. “Century is so grateful for the support and commitment of our more than 12 funding partners that have invested in this landmark project.”
Funding for Anchor Place is provided by an Affordable Housing Program (AHP) loan; a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) loan through the County of Los Angeles; HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds; financing from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) through the State of California and the Strategic Growth Council; grants from the County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission and the Home Depot Foundation; construction financing from Wells Fargo Bank; a permanent loan from the California Community Reinvestment Corporation (CCRC); and an equity investment by Wells Fargo through an allocation of tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.
For more information on the City’s affordable housing developments, go to http://lbds.info/housing_and_community_improvement/default.asp
. For information on Century Villages at Cabrillo, visit www.centuryvillages.org