At The Trust: News and Updates
In partnership with Central City Association (CCA), the Trust hosted a Community Exchange Day on Friday, April 21st at the Star Apartments. CCA members and Trust residents participated in a myriad of activities together, like meditation, gardening, art workshops, and pickleball. The day gave CCA members insight into proven strategies that address homelessness, like permanent supportive housing, and demonstrated the array of […]
Piece by Piece, a partner of Skid Row Housing Trust, is featured in the Los Angeles Times to demonstrate the impact of funding for the arts. Piece by Piece offers low-income and formerly homeless individuals free mosaic art workshops that develop soft skills, build self-confidence, and create opportunities to earn income.
Held at various Trust buildings throughout the week, Peer 4 Peer is a support group that gives residents space to talk about issues that affect them. The Trust’s Peer Advocates facilitate the groups to create an environment that is open and compassionate. “We make sure the conversation keeps going,” said Peer Advocate Anthony Haynes. “We […]
Barron’s Penta: Hilton’s homeless program is not just good philanthropy, it’s changing lives for the better.
Next City: When Bluebonnet Studios opened in Austin last month, all 107 apartments filled quickly. There’s already a waitlist of over 900 low-income Austinites hoping for a spot in the rent-restricted development.
With the final votes tallied, Measure H has officially passed, thanks to the support of a broad coalition from across Los Angeles County. This diverse group of businesses, labor organizations, nonprofits, advocates, and elected officials also helped pass Measure HHH in the City of Los Angeles with an overwhelming 76% of the vote in November. […]
Curbed: It seems fairly uncontroversial to say that everybody deserves a good living environment. But ask Michael Webb, author of Building Community: New Apartment Architecture, about the state of high-rise design in today’s cities, and he’ll tell you it’s not obvious that designers, and especially developers, have that idea in mind.
The Herald News: Sometimes it takes more than just money to solve a social issue, especially when it comes to one as complex as homelessness. Innovative ideas that have been turned into reality are making a difference locally, throughout the state, and across the country.
Curbed LA: How does a city keep one of its hottest neighborhoods from becoming just another enclave of the superrich?
LA Times Editorial Board: It ’s frustrating to watch homeless people living on the streets, as if they were stray animals that no one knew what to do with. Our visceral responses range from “How can I help them?” to “How can I get them to go away?”
RAND Corporation: America spends more on health care than any other nation in the world. Yet from birth to old age, Americans live shorter, sicker lives than people in most other wealthy countries. A two-year research project at RAND adds some weight to a theory that might explain why. It found better health outcomes in […]
Yesterday at Skid Row Housing Trust’s Crest Apartments, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Chair Wendy Gruel, and a coalition of business leaders, veterans, and homeless service organizations urged voters to support Measure H on March 7th. Check out the live stream on Facebook! This ballot measure would create funding dedicated to supportive services that are proven to end and […]
Fast Company Co.Design: Every night, an estimated 50,000 people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles—a figure that’s skyrocketed by 35% in the last year alone. The problem is so bad that the mayor has declared a state of emergency, and in November, L.A. voters approved a $1.2 billion bond to build 10,000 apartment units over […]
The Architect’s Newspaper: The San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles has a reputation as a quintessentially suburban enclave. But, as the inner-city areas of Los Angeles have begun to embrace the hallmarks of traditional urbanism—increased housing density, fixed-transit infrastructure, and a dedication to pedestrian space—the valley has found itself parroting those same shifts in its […]
KQED: President Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, retired surgeon Ben Carson, has no experience in housing or homeless services. He’s never held elected office or a government job.
Fast Company Co.Design: Designed by Brooks +Scarpa, The Six offers housing and support services to one of the city’s most vulnerable populations.
Architect Magazine: The Six, a new affordable housing project in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park neighborhood, is, at first glance, a bit of a formal puzzle. As seen from the east, with its giant opening into a courtyard, the newest building for the Skid Row Housing Trust looks like a big white Möbius strip, a beguiling […]
LA Times: He sat on a pillow atop a plastic bucket, crocheting. A man and woman approached. They were agents of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. He would be their first contact in Pershing Square, which by midmorning was already filling with homeless people, or those who appeared to be.
AIA: Eschewing the mold of traditional shelter models by emphasizing group and social spaces, this 42,500-square-foot housing project provides 52 units, support services, and rehab for formerly homeless disabled veterans and individuals in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park section.
USC News: Project will explore ways to reduce the gap between the needs of L.A.’s chronically homeless and existing housing and support service options
Architect Magazine: Designers of ultra-luxury apartment buildings may hope that the innovative research supported by their big budgets can also help to improve affordable housing. But there’s little evidence supporting the claim.
This holiday season we look back at 2016 with gratitude, thankful for the amazing people and organizations that invested in housing and support to end chronic homelessness. Last spring we celebrated the grand opening of The Six in MacArthur Park, and over the summer we were the beneficiaries of the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge. This […]
LA Weekly: By nearly every metric, Los Angeles has the worst homelessness crisis of any city in America. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are more people suffering from chronic homelessness in L.A. than anywhere in the country, and their number is growing at a faster clip than those in New York […]
Having struggled with mental illness her entire life, Evelyn was homeless on and off for 20 years. She occasionally found employment during periods of wellness, only to lose her job again during an episode of illness. When living on the street, Evelyn isolated herself from her adult children so that she wouldn’t burden them with […]
KCRW Press Play: More than 27,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles. The problem is getting worse. In a special live event, Madeleine Brand looks at how we got here, what at-risk people are doing to keep off the streets, and what big ideas exist to effectively tackle the crisis.
NBC Give visited Skid Row Housing Trust’s Star Apartments. Host Laura Marano surprised staff and residents with a special gift from California Community Foundation!
LA Weekly: Los Angeles voters have passed a pair of progressive ballot measures — one to fight homelessness, the other to expand its public transit network.
Landscape Architecture Magazine: Speed bumps and curbs that narrow the street to slow traffic. Safety zones for women and LGBTQ residents. Vegetable gardens with citrus trees. Drinking fountains, storage units, and cell phone charging stations. This isn’t a laundry list of community benefits in your local affluent suburb; it’s a wish list for the nation’s most […]
KCRW: There are 47,000 homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles County, and more than half of them live in the city of LA. Critics say local leaders have been unable to effectively address the underlying problems that lead to homelessness, including mental illness, addiction and skyrocketing rents. A bond measure on November’s LA city ballot bills itself […]
Star Apartments was selected as one of seven finalists for the prestigious Mies Crown Hall America’s Prize (MCHAP) 2014/2015 Awards. The MCHAP is a biennial prize that acknowledges the best built works of architecture in the Americas.
Star Apartments was awarded a 2016 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and European Centre for Architecture. The annual awards program recognizes the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States. The American Architecture Awards are the nation’s highest public awards […]
LA Times: For years, many Los Angeles residents have watched with alarm as homeless encampments spread across the city, from the sidewalks of skid row to alleys in South Los Angeles, behind shopping centers in the Valley and even on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean.
Skid Row Housing Trust’s Six Four Nine Lofts development was awarded $5.3 million in California cap-and-trade funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC). Six Four Nine Lofts will create 55 supportive homes for homeless and disabled individuals in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood. A ground-floor medical clinic, with dental, optometry, pharmacy and […]
New York Times: “By the People: Designing a Better America,” opening on Friday at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, taps into a rich vein of entrepreneurial beneficence. It is about the intersection of poverty, prosperity, innovation and design, and it couldn’t be timelier. If stories like the one from Chattanooga unavoidably turn out to be more complicated […]
We are proud to announce that Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) Readers’ Choice Awards named The Six the best Special-Needs housing development completed in 2015-2016! AHF magazine and newsletter subscribers voted on the best affordable housing developments across the nation, selecting winners in nine categories. Located in MacArthur Park, The Six has 52 apartments and studios for formerly homeless […]
Piece by Piece is hosting their Gala & Exhibition on October 20th at the iconic Los Angeles Times Building. The exhibit will display for sale individual works of art from over 25 Artisans, as well as community art made by over 290 participants from Skid Row and South Los Angeles. There will be special performance by […]
Yesterday morning, I had the great privilege of hosting a broad coalition of elected officials, civic leaders, philanthropic partners, nonprofit service providers, and homeless advocates at Skid Row Housing Trust’s New Genesis Apartments, which gathered to urge Angelenos to vote yes on Proposition HHH on the November 2016 ballot. The proposition – “Housing and […]
Permanent supportive housing – decent, affordable, community-based housing that offers voluntary support services – has proven to be most effective at helping individuals who struggle long-term homelessness. However, Los Angeles only has enough of permanent supportive housing to help 20% of those in need. We are proud to announce that Bank of America awarded the Trust […]
This summer, interns from Gensler Los Angeles raised $2,000 to purchase supplies for Welcome Home Kits for the first-ever residents of Crest Apartments, the Trust’s newest permanent supportive housing property. Welcome Home Kits help ease the transition from homelessness into housing by providing essential kitchen ware, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items. On August 1st, […]
KCRW: The Los Angeles City Council is weighing two separate measures to fund solutions to homelessness. One likely applicant for those funds will be the nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust, which has built supportive housing by some of LA’s leading architects. Can good architecture and planning help re-integrate the formerly homeless back into society?
On June 23rd, we raced paper boats across City National Plaza Fountain to raise support for Skid Row Housing Trust! We raised over $50,000 for permanent supportive housing that breaks the cycle of homelessness, a record for the event. Thank you to Psomas and all the wonderful sponsors, volunteers, participants, and donors who made this […]
ArchPaper: Estimates for 2015 released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority put Los Angeles County’s homeless population at 44,359 individuals, with 17,687 of the 25,686 homeless residents of the City of Los Angeles being completely unsheltered.
May was Mental Health Awareness Month. The Trust’s approach to permanent supportive housing is to provide the stability, support, and community necessary for its residents to address an array of mental health issues. To highlight the connection between supportive housing and mental health, we interviewed Stacey Hartnett, a Resident Services Coordinator, and Kara Klein, a […]
STAT News: The job sounds impossible: solve the health care crisis in the massive and desperately sick homeless population of Skid Row, which sprawls across dozens of blocks just south of downtown.
ArchPaper: A recent count by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) put the growing visibility and proliferation of homelessness in L.A. County into stark terms. Reporting a 5.7 percent increase in overall homelessness, the report counted 46,874 homeless individuals this year compared with the 44,359 counted in 2015. Within that statistic, LAHSA detailed 34,527 people living […]
Yesterday morning, Skid Row Housing Trust hosted a press conference for the California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Weingart Foundation at the New Genesis. The three foundations officially announced that they are partnering to provide $16 million in loans and grants to accelerate the production of permanent supportive housing in the City of […]
CEO Mike Alvidrez was on PBS SoCal to discuss solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles, appearing alongside Union Rescue Mission CEO Rev. Andy Bales.
We’ve partnered with The Order, a Downtown Los Angeles tattoo parlor, to offer free tattoo cover-ups to Trust residents. Tattoos, particularly those gained in prison, can be lasting reminders of a painful past. By transforming tattoos that are a source of stigma and shame, a cover-up can represent redemption, acceptance and hope. Kenneth, a Peer […]
CEO Mike Alvidrez was interviewed yesterday by NBC LA, responding to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announcement of a $8.76 billion spending plan for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that sets aside $138 million to address homelessness.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, and US Congressman Xavier Becerra helped the Trust officially unveil The Six, welcoming new residents home. With 52 apartments and studios for formerly homeless individuals, it is the Trust’s first development with permanent supportive housing specifically for veterans. In the military, “got […]
Skid Row Housing Trust’s Director of Resident Programs Joey Aguilar was interviewed by KPCC’s Take Two yesterday, sharing tips and resources for when you encounter someone in the midst of a mental health crisis. If you are concerned about a neighbor living on the street in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, on weekdays you can contact a […]
In an effort to support the ongoing health and well-being of residents, the Trust installed exercise equipment last month along its raised running and walking track at the Star Apartments. Residents and staff are starting fitness classes to take advantage of the new equipment, which was funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. […]
Last week, Skid Row Housing Trust participated in the Housing First Partners Conference in Downtown Los Angeles, which is the largest conference of its kind. Focused on bringing Housing First programs to scale to end chronic homelessness nationwide, over 800 attendees shared strategies and experiences from their communities. As a sponsor, the Trust helped kick-off […]
A Star Turn from Los Angeles County Newsroom on Vimeo. Los Angeles County Newsroom visited the Star Apartments to talk with residents and staff to learn more about the innovative complex. Named one of TIME’s best inventions of 2015, the Star Apartments is a product of Skid Row Housing Trust’s pioneering partnership with Los Angeles […]
On February 24th, nonprofit leaders from around the country visited the Star Apartments as part of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders program. They met with Trust staff and partners to learn about the innovative design and cross-sector partnerships that make permanent supportive housing projects like the Star Apartments possible. Attendees toured resident units, common areas, […]
Earlier this month, Los Angeles City Council and the County Board of Supervisors coordinated efforts to pass comprehensive plans to prevent and end homelessness. I am glad lawmakers approved strategies that were created through an extensive stakeholder engagement process, including plans to develop more permanent supportive housing to serve the chronically homeless. Their plans embrace […]
Cobbling together financing for and building low-income housing is a Herculean feat. Yet veteran developer Skid Row Housing Trust topped itself in May, when it opened the 69-unit New Pershing Apartments. The $28 million project at Fifth and Main streets transformed the old Pershing Hotel, built in 1889, and the Roma, from 1905, into a […]
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas presented a commendation to Skid Row Housing Trust to celebrate our innovative Star Apartments. The building was recently named one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2015 by TIME Magazine for launching permanent supportive housing into a new era of design for health, wellness and community revitalization. The Star […]
Construction has begun on Skid Row Southeast 1, a project to renovate Las Americas Hotel Apartments and Olympia Hotel Apartments, two of our buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. Renovations at both buildings will focus on improving energy efficiency, reducing water usage, and extending each building’s life. The project will also focus on updating housing amenities […]
Every second Wednesday of the month, Marinello School of Beauty offers free haircuts, styling and manicures to Skid Row Housing Trust residents. It is a great opportunity for the Marinello students to gain experience while giving back to the community. Residents receive a day of pampering that helps them gain confidence. “You can see how proud residents feel about getting […]
Like the much-needed rain that has reached California, the effort to help the homeless has even more significance to it as the impact of El Niño storms has displaced the thousands of homeless living in makeshift camps along the Los Angeles River. On Jan 4, members of the California State Senate held a press conference […]
Construction is complete for the Six Apartments, a new affordable housing complex in MacArthur Park targeted at veterans and chronically homeless individuals.
Sacramento Bee: In an opening to this year’s budget negotiations at the Capitol, Senate Democrats on Monday proposed a $2 billion bond to build homes for homeless people with mental illnesses. The measure would be funded by Proposition 63, the existing, 1 percent income tax on Californians earning $1 million or more per year to […]
LA Downtowner: For the last 25 years, the Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT) has been committed to converting SRO’s (single resident occupancy) and otherwise dilapidated hotels into high quality apartments for Downtown’s homeless. Their ‘Housing First’ philosophy sees providing housing as the first step in ending the homelessness cycle.
Haniff is celebrating the start of a new career this Thanksgiving. Four years ago, Haniff’s life was ripped apart when his mother suddenly passed away. In between jobs, the death of his mother triggered a period of depression that rendered him unable to seek new employment. Haniff, a longtime resident of South Los Angeles, started […]
TIME: For decades, housing for the homeless has too often meant transient shelters or warehouse-like abodes. L.A.’s Star Apartments aims to buck that trend by design; it functions more like a minivillage than a single building, says Maltzan of his third collaboration with Skid Row Housing Trust, a local nonprofit. In addition to 102 prefabricated […]
Listen to KNX 1070‘s piece on The Six, Skid Row Housing Trust’s latest permanent supportive housing development focused on the needs of veterans who are struggling with homelessness.
We are proud to announce that the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded the Trust a two-year, $400,000 grant to improve our wrap-around supportive services, allowing us to better address the long-term needs of residents who struggle with chronic health conditions. While the security of a permanent home is the first step towards safety, stability and wellness, ongoing […]
We are pleased to announce that the Los Angeles chapter of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has awarded our Housing Development team a $35,000 grant to increase and improve permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles utilizing HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. RAD is a rental housing preservation strategy that allows properties to […]
The Architect’s Newspaper: The Star Apartments are Michael Maltzan Architecture’s third project for the Skid Row Housing Trust in downtown Los Angeles. In contrast to the firm’s 2009 New Carver Apartments—a sleek white cylinder with sharply faceted bays—Star is a rough-edged, asymmetrical stack of prefabricated units rising from an existing single-story podium of retail spaces.
KCRW: Who lives on Skid Row—on and off the streets? KCRW’s Lisa Napoli brings us this portrait from the heart of the neighborhood: San Pedro Street. In this portrait, Lisa finds out how one man got off the streets—and what challenges remain.
LADOT Bike Blog: In June 2015, LADOT installed a new bicycle corral and bicycle repair station alongside Peddler’s Creamery, the first of their kind in LA’s Downtown Historic Core.
Outstanding Affordable Project: Star Apartments, Skid Row Housing Trust, LA, Calif. This innovative, 102-unit permanent supportive housing development provides healthy and sustainable homes with social services to disabled men and women experiencing homelessness. Designed by the award-winning firm Michael Maltzan Architecture, this LEED Platinum project includes an onsite medical clinic, a 15,000 square foot Health […]
KPCC: Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday promised he would release a plan in August that would be a blueprint to end homelessness in Los Angeles.
V3LLUM: There is no arguing that Los Angeles is currently neck deep in a housing crisis at the moment. The costs of renting any-where in the city are quickly spiraling out of control and this forces many people and families onto the streets. The New Carver Homes apartments are an attempt at providing affordable housing […]
Metropolis Magazine: In America, nineteen million low-income families are “housing insecure.” Housing specialist Katie Swenson discusses different strategies to begin tackling this urgent issue.
NPR: On any given night, tens of thousands of people across the United States are living on the streets. Many advocates are pushing for a new model, permanent supportive housing, to reduce homelessness. The model prioritizes a stable place to live and has been shown to keep people from falling back into homelessness.
The state is asking the federal government for permission to use Medicaid money to help put the most medically fragile homeless people in housing.
Star Apartments, in downtown Los Angeles, is striking not just for its angular, almost levitating sculptural form, but also for the ways it differs from Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA)’s prior work for the nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT). “Rather than create a prototype and make it over and over, our collaboration with the Trust as our client is very much in the laboratory phase, still exploring what’s possible,” says principal Michael Maltzan. Each successive commission—Star is the third—“has expanded the ambitions,” he says, “allowing us to reconsider how a building can be lived in, can support its residents, fit into the evolving city, and even be made.”
More homeless people in Los Angeles are leaving Skid Row for other more visible areas of the city, such as parks and near freeways. A recent count revealed a 12 percent rise in the homeless population in the last two years, but according to a report this week by Marketplace, the location shift has several reasons.
If the barefooted woman pushing a shopping cart down the sidewalk or the guy brushing his teeth outside a tattered blue tent doesn’t tell you where you are, the enormous “Welcome to Skid Row” mural should.
A few days before Baltimore erupted in sometimes-violent protests over the death of a 25-year-old black man in police custody, about 250 architects, planners, students, community advocates and designers gathered for a three-hour session of soul searching over the role of urban design and social equity.
In a sometimes emotional and personal panel discussion, a group of designers and architects met at Harvard last night to discuss the impact of design and development on social justice and how their skills could better be used to bring about more a more equitable society.
KQED: About 60,000 homeless people live in the city of Los Angeles. But you might never know it until you start motoring south, past Disney Concert Hall, past City Hall, Pershing Square and newly renovated million-dollar condos.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – It’s not just new market-rate housing projects that are being proposed in Downtown. Veteran low-income developer Skid Row Housing Trust has revealed plans to build two apartment buildings on Wall Street, on the north side of Seventh Street, on what are currently surface lots with one-story buildings.
The not-for-profit Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT) and architect Michael Maltzan are continuing their longstanding partnership through a new development in the San Fernando Valley.
L.A. Times: Declaring they had turned a corner in the fight against homelessness, city leaders on Thursday vowed that by the end of the year there would be no more veterans living on the streets of Los Angeles.
Mashable’s Matt Petronzio covers The Trust’s “housing first” approach.
Harvard Magazine covers Michael Maltzan and public interest architecture.
LA TImes Online covers Sasha Truongm who says helping the homeless with the Skid Row Housing Trust is fun because she gets “to bring visions to life.”
FHL Bank San Francisco: The stunning design and cost-effective prefab construction of Star Apartments can be a new model for urban affordable housing.
KCET covers the Star Apartments.
LA Downtown News covers the New Pershing Apartments.
From Esotouric: Join us this week as we talk with architect Wade Killefer, partner at Killifer Flammang, about the firm’s recent renovation of the 19th century Pershing Hotel at the corner of 5th and Main. We’ll also visit with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Policy and Operations for the CRA/Los Angeles, about working with Wade to preserve and maintain the affordable housing stock of Skid Row.
Third post in the “Design for Equity” series from Impact Design Hub.
Next City selects Skid Row Housing Trust selected for 2015 Vanguard Convention.
Low-Income Housing Project Opens in Century-Old Historic Core Buildings. From Page 6, March 9 issue of LA Downtown News.
San Fernando Valley Business Journal features Crest Apartments.
Creative States covers Fast Company article on Michael Maltzan.
THE ARCHITECT’S NEWEST BUILDING JOINS A CADRE OF AMBITIOUS RESIDENCES MALTZAN HAS BUILT FOR THE SKID ROW HOUSING TRUST. Fast Company online version of March 2015 article.
Fast Company features Architect Michael Maltzan.
Archinect News covers Michael Maltzan.
LA Downtown News covers Downtowners of Distinction Awards. SRHT Star Apartments mentioned as winner.
From the Impact Design Hub website.
See page 8 of Feb 23 issue of LA DT News.
Seattle Times: Los Angeles County has launched Housing for Health, which some experts call the nation’s most promising initiative to end homelessness. The program subsidizes rents for the very sick among the county’s 39,000 homeless, keeping them out of ambulances, emergency rooms — and jail.
Alice Walton, KPCC
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a 10-year plan to build 200,000 affordable housing units. In San Francisco, voters approved a ballot measure to build or refurbish 10,000 affordable units by 2020.
LA Times Online – Local / California: Dr. Susan Partovi, makes her rounds on skid row in downtown Los Angeles. She has worked in homeless medicine for 12 years.
Leadership Development: Community Advocates Advocating for Change
Mark Magazine features Maltzan and five Skid Row Housing Trust residents.
Star Apartments mentioned in LA Downtown News Year in Review.
LA Times Online – Arts & Entertainment / Arts & Culture: On Dec. 13, Angelenos all over the city were able to see the chorale at its 18th annual Tour of Hope, in which the 90 singers performed at the Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen, downtown’s Skid Row Housing Trust and other L.A. locations.
PBS Newshour: Los Angeles’ homeless residents often struggle with chronic physical and mental illnesses — health crises made worse by life on the streets. Hari Sreenivasan explores why L.A.’s health officials are pushing to provide thousands of the county’s sickest residents with permanent supportive housing through the federal Medicaid program.
Marketplace uses Star Apartments as example.
LA Downtown News: Two local entities have reached significant milestones. The Midnight Mission, which feeds and shelters area denizens, is in the midst of celebrating its 100th birthday. Skid Row Housing Trust, which works to create affordable housing, just marked its first quarter century in business.
Metropolis: Last month, 125 professionals from diverse fields—design, community development, the arts, urban planning, philanthropy, advocacy, and city government—joined us in Boston to consider Design for Equity at the annual Bruner Loeb Forum.
Radio New Zealand National: The Skid Row Housing Trust provides permanent supportive housing in Downtown LA for those in extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and addiction. The Trust’s executive director is Mike Alvidrez – and he tells Wallace Chapman that the trust is dealing with a chronic situation in Skid Row.
USA Today College: Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director of Skid Row Housing Trust, believes the way to cure homelessness in Los Angeles is to not require residents to have their mental health or sobriety under control before moving in. That separates The Trust from other supportive housing organizations.
NPR: In Los Angeles, more than a thousand people sleep on the street in cardboard boxes and tents — just a mile away from City Hall.
NationSwell: Every citizen deserves to enjoy life. The City of Angels and the Skid Row downtown area, in particular, has a chronic homeless problem. And since other policies and endeavors haven’t worked, the city decided to try something different. So they built the Star Apartment complex.
Next City – Equity Factor: Last month, a group of public and private interests, including the L.A. Housing Authority, L.A. County Health Services and the Chamber of Commerce, earmarked $213 million to broaden a computerized system that links the homeless population with necessary services.
Huffington Post covers Star Apartments.
NY Times: Why more policy makers have embraced the idea of supportive housing, also called “housing first,” which admits chronically homeless people into subsidized housing and gets them social services and treatment for health problems and addictions.
The $40-million Star Apartments building, developed by Skid Row Housing Trust and designed by architect Michael Maltzan, has attracted international attention for its striking profile.
Annenberg Radio News: For many low-income people in Downtown Los Angeles, getting emergency healthcare is not easy. But, the Skid Row Housing Trust is working to allievate this problem, building affordable housing in the city for individuals referred by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The organization celebrated the grand opening of this Star Apartments building at 240 E. Spring Street.
LA Times Online – Local: A Los Angeles County health agency is moving its headquarters and medical clinic into the heart of skid row in what experts said could become a national model for curbing homelessness.
PR Web: Star Apartments was manufactured by Guerdon Modular Buildings for Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles, California. It reused an existing building plus modular construction to provide a mixed-use housing complex with 102 apartments for the area’s most needy residents.
Affordable Housing Finance profiles Skid Row Housing Trust’s Dana Trujillo in their 2014 Young Leaders Feature.
Independence is the difference between dense cities that achieve affordable housing, like Hong Kong and Singapore, and the ones that don’t. CityLab (from The Atlantic).
KCRW – Press Play with Madeleine Brand: Despite our improving economy, new numbers show that 20 percent of Angelenos live in poverty. That’s one of the highest rates in the country. Madeleine visits the Midnight Mission, which serves 3,000 meals a day to poor and homeless on Skid Row.
LA Times Online – Arts & Entertainment / Arts & Culture: A new exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art explores the ways in which art and social justice projects intersect.
Next City: In Los Angeles, An Architectural Approach to Keeping People Off the Streets Is Gaining Notice.
Star Apartments Named Special-Needs Finalist in Affordable Housing Finance 10th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards (page 33).
LA Times Online – Food / Daily Dish: Heath Ceramics on Friday kicks off the fifth year of its Home Plate program. During the monthlong event, the California ceramics company will collect donated dishes for Skid Row Housing Trust residents in exchange for a 25% discount on any corresponding piece of new Heath dinnerware.
LA Downtown News: Our Skid Row Will Hold Design Workshops Sunday and Monday. Skid Row Housing Trust is bringing together Skid Row residents, community members, activists and other Angelenos to create an aesthetic upgrade plan for the 50-square-block neighborhood that for decades has been home to thousands of homeless individuals.
Cost Benefits of Permanent Supportive Housing
Washington Post: In cased you missed it, Post colleagues Justin Jouvenal, Robert Samuels and DeNeen L. Brown had a devastating investigation in Sunday’s paper of D.C. General, the largest shelter for homeless families in the District.
These kinds of events “allow students to have an open mind, said Allan, an instructor. “It is not just about money, but thinking about people who are in need of a hair cut.” “It feels good giving back to the community.”
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Los Angeles Magazine features Skid Row
REDF covers Patrick Carroll, a building manager in the Skid Row Housing Trust portfolio of properties in downtown Los Angeles.
Equal Voice covers Skid Row and homelessness.
AHN (Affordable Housing News) Features Skid Row Housing Trust
The wonderful team from Marinello Schools of Beauty in Downtown LA donated their time to give our residents a day of pampering! We hope to have these days on a regular basis.
The concept of the Coordinated Entry System (CES), which was launched by the Home for Good initiative of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, is to create a comprehensive system to quickly and effectively match homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles to housing and services. The Trust has seen a great deal of success in the […]
LA Downtown News covers Marilyn Bruce in: The Power Behind the Power in Downtown Offices – In honor of Administrative Professionals’ Week, which runs Sunday, April 20-Saturday, April 26, Los Angeles Downtown News reached out to six top Central City gatekeepers. If you want to get to the power players in any these offices, these are the people you’ll have to speak with first.
LA Downtown News covers The Star Apartments: Move-ins at the permanent supportive housing complex at 240 E. Sixth St. began late last year, and Los Angeles Downtown News reported on the structure again last week. The $21 million project was developed by Skid Row Housing Trust and designed by Silver Lake-based Michael Maltzan, a prominent architect who has made his name on market-rate buildings, but who also has several low-income residential complexes on his resume.
Architizer covers architecture, housing development and homelessness in LA.
LA Downtown News: Downtown Breakfast Club Honors Local Projects and Zings a Central City Holdout. The Home Sweet Home award went to the Star Apartments, Skid Row Housing Trust’s stunning $21 million project designed by architect Michael Maltzan that opened in November.
The developer of a skid row apartment building that houses recovering alcoholics and drug addicts said Friday he would appeal a zoning decision that denied a beer and wine permit for a restaurant planned for the ground floor of the complex. LA TImes Online follow-up.
CityWatch covers housing development in Los Angeles.
In a victory for skid row advocates, the city has rejected beer and wine sales at a restaurant on the ground floor of an apartment complex that houses recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. LA Times Online.
LA Downtown News covers Star Apartments.
Curbed: Last summer, Los Angeles legalized murals again after a 10-year banishment (they’d been closed with advertising and banned). Last fall, they issued permit #01, for a collaboration between two of LA’s most famous street artists—Shepard Fairey and Risk—on the side of the Rossmore Hotel in Skid Row.
ABC 7 Eyewitness News: Plans for a new restaurant on L.A.’s Skid Row are hitting a snag over an application to serve beer and wine.
Star Apartments featured in Gizmodo review of affordable housing projects.
The Wall Street Journal covers development in Downtown Los Angeles.
The new restaurant’s request to serve alcohol has some skid row residents, many recovering addicts, worried about having temptation so near. LA Times Online.
Affordable Housing Finance features Star Apartments.
LA Downtown News covers The Trust’s Star Apartments opening.
KCET: Cornerstone Theater Company’s “Love On San Pedro” is a collaboration with the community of Skid Row, Downtown Los Angeles. Inspired by the stories of hundreds of Skid Row residents, playwright James McManus’ new work sheds light on a neighborhood where homelessness and poverty are the norm, but a spirit of creativity, activism and determination thrives. Starring both professional actors and over 20 community members, the play is being presented November 7-24 at Los Angeles Mission, in the heart of Skid Row .
SRHT’s New Carver Apartments makes the list of Curbed’s “Most Beautiful Apartment Buildings”.
From the USC Annenberg CAlifonia Endownment Health Journalism Fellowship Blog, Reporting on Health.
Emily Frost of USC Annenberg Radio News Covers Michael Holt
From Zev’s Blog (Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Supervisor 1994-2014): Over the past five years, architect Michael Maltzan’s two projects for the non-profit Skid Row Housing Trust—the Rainbow Apartments and the New Carver Apartments, next to the 10 Freeway at Hope Street—have pushed the envelope of what it means to create shelter while fostering a healing sense of community.
Downtown LA News: Like developer Skid Row Housing Trust’s last four projects, the New Genesis is considered supportive housing because it includes onsite social services. Tenants access everything from medical care to drug counseling to mental health treatment without leaving the building.
EECBG LA: Inside his studio apartment on Skid Row, Richard Surwillo, 56, proudly hoists a pack of chicken breasts from his new refrigerator – a seemingly simple act that demonstrates a profound gain for quality of life and environmental protection in Los Angeles.
LA Times Blog: Blu Dot, the Minneapolis-based home design company with a store on Melrose Avenue in L.A., sponsored the panel discussion along with Skid Row Housing Trust, which develops and manages apartment buildings that provide permanent housing for the formerly homeless.
LA Times: Residents of apartments operated by the Skid Row Housing Trust studied storytelling, learned public speaking — all with the aim of sharing what it’s really like to be living on the street.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Tyrone Taylor picked up his grandson at his daughter’s Penn Hills home Monday and gave thanks to God, a day after returning to Pittsburgh from California, where he had spent 20 years homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol.
LA Downtown News: On a recent Wednesday, Willie Mae Bell was dripping with sweat under a harsh mid-morning sun. She was on the roof of her building, preparing to plant potatoes in a garden.
DTLA Rising with Brigham Yen: The LEED-Platinum certified New Genesis affordable housing mixed-use project has been rising quietly on Main Street over the past year. A rendering from architect firm Killefer Flammang shows a well-designed, modern 7-story building that will contain 106 units intended as supportive housing, mostly for the formerly homeless in the area, and 25% of the units will go toward working individuals making less than $37,260 annually.
ICON: The New Carver apartments stand on the corner of Hope street in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a white, round building that seems to have come undone in places. Apart from its proximity to Interstate 10, there is little unusual about this block of flats – an architectural monolith in an up-and-coming area of LA. That is, until you step inside.
Monument Magazine Issue 102: Michael Maltzan delivers an ambitious vision for social housing.
Letter from America: Michael Maltzan in California
by Raymund Ryan
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announces award to support Skid Row Housing Trust’s work to solve chronic homelessness in downtown LA.
The Architects Newspaper: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects creates playful new home for LA’s design-forward affordable housing developer
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan speaks during a visit to the site of the New Genesis development, accompanied by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Councilwoman Jan Perry.
KPCC: Residential and commercial construction jobs are hard to come by these days. But the New Genesis Apartments project will keep plumbers, electricians and welders busy for the next year.
C Magazine: Longing to replace your tired tableware with some new Heath, but aren’t sure what to do with what’s currently in your cupboard? In a few days, you’ll be able to buy pieces from the classic California ceramic company (at a discount!) and help Southern Californians in need.
Project 50 marks a dramatic shift in homeless policy. Instead of funding temporary-fix shelters and apartments that typically house Skid Row’s highest-functioning residents, it focused housing, medical care and social services on the most down and out.
LA Downtown News: Housing Complex Serves Some of County’s Most at-Risk Residents
LA Times Blog: “It’s been an evolution for us and for the industry as a whole,” said Molly Rysman, director of special projects for the trust. “We always knew the people we served deserved well-designed housing, but we didn’t always know how critical a role it plays in healing.”
LA Times: he Charles Cobb, designed by the Pasadena architecture firm Kivotos Montenegro Partners Inc., opened in early April to provide apartments for chronically homeless and disabled people. It was built by the Skid Row Housing Trust for $13.1 million and includes first-floor offices for healthcare, case management and other services — a combination known as supportive housing.
Architect Magazine: At six stories tall, the New Carver Apartments doesn’t exactly tower over the Santa Monica Freeway that zips past its windows. Yet the drumlike structure is impossible to miss, even at 65 miles per hour. Los Angeles–based architect Michael Maltzan’s design is as formally iconic as the cylindrical Capitol Records building, which makes the fact that it was built for one of L.A.’s neediest populations—the chronically homeless—even more surprising than the novel architectural expression.
La Opinión: Aunque las grúas ya no son el ‘pájaro’ más abundante en el centro de Los Ángeles, en los próximos días habrá una nueva operando en el 458 sur de la calle Main.
Curbed LA: Skid Row Housing Trust, the group behind homeless/low-income housing like the lauded Rainbow and New Carver apartment buildings, began work yesterday on their latest downtown-area project: the 106-unit, $22.3 million mixed-use Genesis Apartments.
KPCC: The New Genesis apartments on Main Street near 5th in downtown L.A. will be open for business later this year.
LA Downtown News: Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground – Nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for its affordable housing project the New Genesis Apartments.
blogdowntown: Representatives from the City and the building trades join Skid Row Housing Trust in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the New Genesis housing project.
New permanent supportive housing development with commercial space for community retail creates jobs, saves taxpayer dollars and brings to life a new model of economic revitalization.
NY Times: Over the past 16 years he has worked on several housing projects for the homeless and an arts complex for underprivileged children that are remarkable for their architectural sophistication and their spirit of public service.
Angeleno: From deluxe Hollywood homes to housing for downtown’s homeless, architect Michael Maltzan high-designs it all.
KPCC – Environment & Science: We’ve been hearing this week about the way various people imagine a home that’s environmentally sustainable. On the edge of downtown Los Angeles, KPCC’s Molly Peterson has toured the New Carver apartments and talked to its architect. In the final story of our series, she visits a woman who’s making that building near the I-10 her first real home in a year.
The Trust’s permanent supportive housing model solves homelessness one resident at a time while saving Los Angeles County tax dollars and stimulating the local economy
InStyle Magazine asks: What’s your favorite act of kindness? At the 20th anniversary of the Skid Row Housing Trust.
Angeleno: Skid Row Housing Trust celebrated its 20th anniversary and the grand opening of the New Carver Apartments
CityWatch LA: Los Angeles has been home to the largest homeless population for eons, and appears helpless in resolving the homeless crisis which now affects almost all of the neighborhoods in the city. The non-profit affordable housing developer, Skid Row Housing Trust, is an exception. They have created a program that works. And it works for several reasons.
LA Downtown News: Striking New Carver Apartments Debuts This Week – When the developer of the New Carver Apartments celebrates the building’s grand opening this week, at least one question will not be a point of concern: how to fill the 97 units.
Downtown News LA: Business Organization Partners With United Way on Effort to Get People Off the Streets
LA Times – Home & Garden: The Abbey, which held its grand opening April 16, and other recent projects attempt to move beyond the architecture of survival. They represent the architecture of ambition — the desire to do better, despite the odds.
FHLBank San Francisco: Public-Private Partnership Produced New Building Providing 113 Housing Units for the Homeless
Expanded On-Site Services a First in LA
CBS: More than 100 chronically homeless people have moved into a new apartment building on Skid Row that offers on-site support services to keep them off of the streets, it was announced today.
LA Times: During the grand opening today of the Abbey Apartments, a 115-unit building on skid row for people who have disabilities and have been chronically homeless, housing officials asked resident Karen Burton to tell the story of her life.
Downtown LA News: At Skid Row Housing Trust’s New Apartment Complex, Emphasis Is on In-House Services
LA Times: Project 50, initiated by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, had a bold objective: Select the 50 most hard-core, sick, chronically homeless people on skid row, give them a place to live with a raft of support services, and see what happens.
LA Business Journal: While government and city leaders debate the different aspects of the mayor’s recently announced housing plan, one important piece of the plan is getting lost: the commitment to build 2,200 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals.
LA Times – Community Relations: Fruits, vegetables and herbs, tended by formerly homeless residents, help brighten a blighted part of L.A.
Chicago Daily Herald: Public housing used to mean fortress-like blocks and soulless rows of cheaply built townhouses. But now there’s a new model: privately developed homes and apartments that are well-designed, well-built and attractive enough to win over wary neighbors.
LA Downtown News Editorial: When it comes to building projects to help some of the troubled and homeless get off the streets, architectural design has historically been one of the least important considerations. In Downtown Los Angeles, however, that thinking has begun to change, thanks to a scattering of low-income developments that include high design standards. The pattern needs to continue.
LA Downtown News: Downtown Developments Prove That Low-Income Projects Can Have High Architectural Standards
LA TImes – Opinion: The most vulnerable person living on the streets of skid row is a 65-year-old veteran who has been homeless for 37 years. He has kidney and liver disease, has been to hospital emergency rooms four times in the last three months and has been arrested four times in the last six months.
Wall Street Journal: Established and Rising Architects Bring Innovation to Affordability
LA Times: Project 50 could be the beginning of a coordinated response to homelessness in L.A.
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: A new strategic partnership between Los Angeles City and County officials that is moving forward a disciplined approach to identify and prioritize housing and services for the most vulnerable and disabled is offering new hope for a more effective approach for ending the homelessness of those living long term on the streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
LA TImes: County supervisors are expected to approve a project that aims to get the most vulnerable people off skid row and into supportive sites.
LA Downtown News: Art Project to Remove Urban Blight Touches More Than Street Corners. The garden is part of a new and unusual experiment to green Downtown’s grittiest streets.
NY Times: Since the late 1990s, advocacy groups like the Skid Row Housing Trust have been trying to increase the number of permanent supportive housing units, which provide treatment support and monitor tenants’ progress.
NY Times – Art & Design, Architecture Review: The projects, known as the Rainbow Apartments and the New Carver Apartments and run by the nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust, reflect changing thinking about how best to reintegrate the homeless into society.
LA Downtown News: Though Proponents Say They Help Get the Homeless off the Streets, ‘Shelter Plus Care’ Projects Face a Tough Road
LA Times – Critic’s Notebook: As downtown continues its fitful evolution, with projects such as Frank Gehry’s pair of towers on Grand Avenue moving toward realization, the pressure to “solve” that neighborhood’s homeless problem, or at least disperse it, will grow only more intense.
LA Daily Journal: Popular Elsewhere, L.A. Slow to Adopt Permanent Supportive Housing Model
Dwell Magazine: Santa Monica-based Konig Eizenberg Architecture’s design for Los Angeles Abbey Apartments will provide housing for 115 formerly homeless individuals in downtown Los Angeles.
Affordable Housing Finance: The Rainbow Apartments is a valiant effort by Skid Row Housing Trust to serve Los Angeles’ neediest at a time when market-rate loft developers have pushed into downtown, snatched up the available properties, and begin gentrifying the area.
LA Times – The Nation: L.A. hopes residential facilities with on-site support will alleviate chronic homelessness.
LA Times: One has been renovated to serve L.A.’s neediest. The other, nearby, may become a fancy address.
LA Times Magazine: Alice Callaghan has fought city hall and downtown developers to preserve housing for the poorest of the poor.