The West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. has announced the opening of Elden Elms, an all-new affordable apartment community for low-income families located in the Koreatown/Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.
With a total of 93 one-, two- and three-bedroom rental apartments, Elden Elms includes 15 units as permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness and one unit for the building’s manager.
“Raising a family is challenging enough without having to worry about keeping a roof over your head,” said Jesse Slansky, WHCHC president and CEO. “With the stability of high quality housing, our newest residents have a fresh start in a beautiful and safe environment.”
The Elden Elms offers a grand staircase, comfortable seating areas and community inspired artwork. The second floor contains an open staircase that can be used as stadium-style seating for performances or an additional spot for social interaction. There is a spacious community room with a kitchenette for cooking demonstrations and lifelong-learning workshops, a large computer room, a fitness studio and a nursing nook for new moms. Full laundry facilities and resident services offices are also on the second floor.
The outdoor courtyard includes multiple play areas for children, one with a colorful mural by local artist Myisha Arellano, barbecue grills and a meditation garden. There are also open-air “skyline lounges” with fantastic views of downtown L.A.
“I am so happy to see Elden Elms come to life,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, 1st District. “My office has actively supported this project from the beginning, and I welcome these families with open arms.”
Elden Elms was designed by Urban Architecture Lab and built by United Building Company. Each unit has a private balcony and complete kitchen with Energy Star appliances, including a dishwasher. Elden Elms aims to achieve LEED for Homes Gold certification.
Now housing more than 230 people, the urban infill project was once mostly a parking lot. Easily accessible to multiple transit lines, Elden Elms scored well for funding from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program — part of the State of California’s cap-and-trade carbon emissions auction program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
On-site supportive services are available to all residents at no cost. WHCHC’s resident services team meets with all new households to assess their needs, create individualized service plans and connect them to critical resources.
“Meeting with the new residents has been so uplifting,” said Cheryl Naluai, WHCHC’s lead resident services coordinator for families. “Many of these families, some with very young children, are overwhelmed with relief as they start their new lives with housing security.”
WHCHC and its property management partner announced the call for applications for Elden Elms last October. More than 2,700 submissions were received. A lottery was conducted and the remainder of the applicants were put on a waiting list. Residents began their tenancies in March.
For information, visit whchc.org.
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