Councilmember Krekorian has made it a top priority to build the housing necessary to allow people experiencing homelessness in his district to get off the streets and have access to services. To that end, in the last two years alone, he has built five interim housing facilities offering safety, hygiene, social services and meals to the unhoused.
The next step in addressing this crisis must be to create permanent supportive housing (PSH) for those overcoming longer-term barriers to permanent housing. Councilmember Krekorian already arranged for the city to purchase a former hotel to be converted into homeless housing under Project HomeKey, and three other supportive housing projects have opened in the district.
In January, Councilmember Krekorian joined in the groundbreaking for NoHo 5050, the latest PSH project to begin construction in Council District 2. NoHo 5050 enjoys the full support of the North Hollywood Neighborhood Council and the surrounding community.
A collaboration of the nonprofits Daylight Community Development, Decro Corporation and the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), along with Los Angeles County Mental Health Services, NoHo 5050 will provide 32 one-bedroom apartments for unaccompanied women and 7 two-bedroom units for low-income families, with onsite services for those recovering from trauma. Domestic violence is one of the principal drivers of women’s homelessness. DWC has had phenomenal success in helping unhoused women in supportive housing – 99 percent of the formerly unhoused women served by DWC successfully remain housed.
There are six PSH projects currently underway in Council District 2, either under construction or in the last stages of planning.