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Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) celebrated the opening of King 1101, their newest supportive housing development in South Los Angeles. CBH held the ceremony intentionally before Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor his legacy of equity and lengthy history of civil rights organizing in the South Los Angeles community. King 1101 Apartments is a 26-unit community for the formerly homeless, low-income families and military veterans. Our affiliate organization, National Equity Fund, collaborated with us to assist King 1101 with a Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity investment of over $7,000,000 and an additional $40,000 grant through the Bring Them Homes Initiative to provide affordable permanent supportive housing for veterans.
LISC’s approach to improving health in underserved places is holistic: we promote affordable, green housing, safety, good education, job opportunities and financial stability—all of which factor into the health and wellbeing of a community. We are a proud supporter of CBH, because they take a similar comprehensive approach to providing housing and services for our low-income communities. King 1101 is a L-shaped complex on a small parcel of land that was a long-time vacant lot on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, a major community corridor in South Central Los Angeles. Its location has walking access to Exposition Park, USC, and the Expo Line. Once inside the complex you feel the amount of care and thoughtful design went in to the creation of King 1101. King 1101 is pursuing a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Gold (LEED) certification by achieving high performance in water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and air quality. The apartments’ green features include high-efficient heating and cooling, appliances and fixtures, along with solar water heating, electric vehicle charging and bike parking. Other landscaping strategies include drought-tolerant planting, high-efficiency irrigation, community edible gardens, and reduction of local heat island effects through thoughtful tree placement. King 1101 has a green roof over a community center facing the center courtyard and all the apartment units. The apartments have 24/7 on-site property management and on-site supportive social services. The development also features a street-front commercial space for an upcoming local social enterprise.
LISC Los Angeles is supporting Clifford Beers Housing with a HUD Section 4 grant for the development of King 1101’s street-front commercial space. CBH is excited for the opportunity to house a social enterprise that can provide economic activity, job training, and potential employment right on site for their residents. This grant program helps to build the capacity of community development and affordable housing organizations making an impact on low-income neighborhoods across America. Read more about HUD Section 4 capacity building here.
Congratulations to Clifford Beers Housing and to the current and upcoming residents at King 1101 apartments! Housing is where LISC started and it is still the cornerstone of our mission, even as our vision has expanded to incorporate work to improve education, health, safety and economic growth in the places where we work. LISC helps make quality, affordable housing available to low-income and vulnerable residents—from seniors to veterans to the formerly homeless—in underserved communities. Please follow Clifford Beers Housing at their respective social media accounts below.