Gateways Apartments Opens to house more than 100 former homeless people

 

 Executive Director G. Michael Arnold, LAHSA, CEO Anita U. Nelson, SRO Housing Corporation and Chair Larry Adamson, LAHSA Commission at grand opening
Executive Director G. Michael Arnold, LAHSA, CEO
Anita U. Nelson, SRO Housing Corporation and Chair
Larry Adamson, LAHSA Commission at grand opening
on Skid Row, Downtown LA (505 S. San Pedro St., LA 90013).

(This story was first published on Examiner.com)

108 Chronically Homeless Men and Women Will
Move Into New Homes on Skid Row

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

“Creating something beautiful out of scraps…” is what Deborah Martin does every day. As a quilter, her work has been displayed in galleries and public buildings. As the Resident Property Manager of a new affordable housing development in the heart of “Skid Row,” she is preparing to create beautiful new beginnings for 108 formerly homeless people at SRO Housing Corporation’s Gateways Apartments, on the corner of 5th and San Pedro Streets.

Deborah was first hired by SRO Housing as a Janitor 11 years ago. She worked her way up in the organization and has been selected as the on-site Property Manager for the newly constructed contemporary six-story building that opens to the community with an airy courtyard and lush greenery.

The building overlooks a neighborhood far from the “Oz

The entrance to the $28 million SRO Corporations Gateways Apartments that opened on Nov. 7, 2013 for the chronically homeless on Skid Row.
The entrance to the $28 million SRO
Corporations Gateways Apartments.

zie and Harriet, picket fence life” that Martin lost when divorce drove her to the streets more than a decade ago. Like many of the residents who live in SRO Housing Corporation’s residential buildings in Skid Row, Martin’s journey back from homelessness was stitched together with tenacity, commitment and hope.

Joseph Corcoran  Director of Planning and Housing Development speaks to crowd ceremony
Joseph Corcoran, Director of Planning and Housing
Development talks about the new LEED Certified Gold
building that will provide 108 private studio Apts. at
grand opening ceremonies under a tent on Skid Row.

“There is nothing more profound than closing the door on the despair of homelessness and opening the door to a new life in a beautiful new home. Over 500 people applied for these 108 apartments. Clearly, there is a great need. We take pride in providing these homes to the community.” said Anita U. Nelson, CEO of SRO Housing Corporation.

“This building transforms a blighted lot once encircled by razor-wire and soiled by encampments and trash. Now, the Gateways Apartments rise above the past to transform lives of our residents with supportive services in safe, sparkling new homes.” SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Housing Corporation has developed 29 permanent supportive housing projects in Los Angeles.

The Gateways Apartments has modern appliances and spacious living conditions.
The Gateways Apartments has modern
appliances and spacious living conditions.
LAHSA Commission Chair Larry Adamson
gets the tour of the new facilities downtown.

This newest project, the Gateways Apartments is a LEED Certified GOLD building that provides 108 private studio apartments, designed by Dvortzky, Bardovi, Bunnell Architects. The apartment homes feature full-size bathrooms and kitchens equipped with Energy Star appliances; on-site security, resident property manager, case management services, laundry, secure subterranean parking, a community room, multipurpose room with computer stations, an edible garden and solar panels.

“The Gateways Apartments are a $28 million new construction that epitomizes our theme of Opening Doors and Transforming Lives,” said Joseph Corcoran, SRO Housing Corporation’s Director of Planning and Housing Development. “This project will serve as a gateway to a new beginning in downtown Los Angeles for homeless and very low-income individuals, many of whom live with a mental illness.”

For more about SRO Housing Corporation visit: http://srohousing .org. For more about Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority visit: http://www.lahsa.org.