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LINC Opens LA-Area Affordable Community
Multi-Housing News, April 26, 2017
by Laura Calugar

Mosaic Gardens at Willowbrook is a $20 million development built for low-income families and homeless households, with support from several public and private entities. The latest homeless count shows there are nearly 47,000 homeless in Los Angeles County.

LINC Housing Corp. has announced the completion and opening of Mosaic Gardens at Willowbrook, a 61-unit affordable housing community for low-income families and formerly homeless households in the unincorporated area of Willowbrook, Calif. Built on an abandoned 2-acre lot, donated in part by the Los Angeles County, the two buildings are on track to be LEED certified to the Platinum level.

Located at 2213 El Segundo Blvd. in the County of Los Angeles, the community is within half a mile of Anderson Elementary School, as well as public transportation, shopping centers, pharmacies and other service opportunities. The property is also close to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital and the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Metro Station. According to Yardi Matrix data, Mosaic Gardens features 37 one-, 11 two- and 13 three-bedroom units. Half of the apartments are reserved for households that are homeless and frequent users of the Department of Health Services. Special needs units are restricted to households earning 30 percent of the area median income or less. The other homes are for families earning up to 60 percent of the area median income for Los Angeles County.

“We’ve worked side-by-side with county leaders, our partners and this community to bring solutions that will improve people’s lives and transform the neighborhood. Now that construction is complete, we’ll shift our focus to providing expansive services including programs that will focus on housing stability, personal empowerment and community building,” said LINC President & CEO Rebecca Clark, in a prepared statement.

Mosaic Gardens at Willowbrook includes a playground, a community room, laundry facilities, 85 parking spaces, a computer lab and a fitness room. The two buildings are interconnected by open space to encourage walking and socialization. Community gardens are available for families to grow their own food. The property includes LEED and ENERGY STAR features such as energy-efficient light fixtures, drought tolerant plants and high-efficiency irrigation.

Construction of the property began in December 2015. Studio One Eleven, Withee Malcolm Architects and Walton Construction were also involved in the project. The Community Development Commission provided construction and permanent financing of $3.3 million in HOME Investment Partnerships funds, more than $2 million in County General Funds, and $840,000 in Homeless Bonus Funds as well as $100,000 energy efficiency and $35,000 gym incentives.

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