Downtown Women’s Center plans 100-unit affordable complex

Joint venture project in Skid Row among several supportive housing developments in neighborhood

Los Angeles /
Mar.March 30, 2021 10:23 AM
Downtown Women’s Center CEO Amy Turk. (Getty, Google Maps, DWC)
Downtown Women’s Center CEO Amy Turk. (Getty, Google Maps, DWC)

The Downtown Women’s Center, a housing and social service organization, wants to build a 97-unit housing complex next to its Skid Row headquarters.

The project is a joint venture with Daylight Community Development and GTM Holdings, according to Urbanize. The development site is at 501 E. 5th Street in the heart of Skid Row, and near several other service providers.

The seven-story building would include 97 permanent supportive housing units and 10,000 square feet of ground floor space for service providers. It would also have recreational common areas and parking for 63 vehicles in an underground lot.

The units would be a mix of low-, very low-, and extremely low-income affordable housing. Those metrics are based on household income as a percentage of area median income, which last year in L.A. was set at $70,700 for a family of four.

There are a handful of other affordable projects in the works around the Downtown Women’s Center development site. Weingart Center is building a 303-unit project a block away and last January received $30 million in bond financing from the county. Relevant Group also wants to build a 150-unit project nearby on 5th Street.

Daylight Community Development and the Downtown Women’s Center are also developing a supportive housing project in North Hollywood.

GTM is also working on an affordable project in Palm Vista. L.A. County provided $2 million in bond financing for the 91-unit project.

[Urbanize] — Dennis Lynch


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