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$65M state grant will fund hundreds of affordable housing units across LA

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350 of the units will be for formerly homeless residents

The state has awarded $64.6 million in grants to eco-friendly affordable housing projects across Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday.

That includes nearly $12 million toward the redevelopment of Watts’s Jordan Downs, which is being rebuilt into a mixed use complex with housing, retail, and restaurants. Of that total, $2 million go toward an extension of Century Boulevard, allowing it to run through the Jordan Downs project, making the more accessible to bikes, buses, and private vehicles.

Further funding went toward four permanent supportive housing projects which will serve formerly homeless residents. In total, these projects will add nearly 350 units of badly-needed housing and provide necessary on-site services to residents.

The largest award, totaling nearly $17 million, went to 7th & Witmer, a six-story affordable housing development under construction in Westlake. The project is set to include 76 units and 6,000 square feet of commercial space. Located about halfway between two subway stops on the Red/Purple Lines, it was one of three Los Angeles projects to receive grants based on accessibility to public transit. In total, six projects received awards.

In a press release, Mayor Garcetti said that the grants, funded through the state’s cap-and-trade program, showed that, "[a]ffordable housing development can be about more than building four walls and a roof for people who need them, it can also give everyone — regardless of income — a chance to be part of L.A.’s green, connected future."

The awards come from the state’s new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, established in 2014 to support environmental-focused housing and transportation projects. This year, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded nearly $290 million in grants and loans through the program, of which more than 20 percent went toward Los Angeles projects.