Clifford Beers Housing and PATH Ventures Announce New North Hollywood Seniors Community

The 49-unit NoHo Senior Villas in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood has opened for residents. The property accommodates low-income seniors, including 30 who were previously homeless and living with mental illness.

North Hollywood, Calif.—The 49-unit NoHo Senior Villas in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood has opened for residents. The property accommodates low-income seniors, including 30 who were previously homeless and living with mental illness.

The nonprofit Clifford Beers Housing developed the property in partnership with PATH Ventures, which is directing NoHo Senior Villas’ supportive services, whose aim is to increase residents’ independence and keep them stably housed. Among other things, the services include case management, referrals to health and dental care, mental health care, employment services, life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment and self-help groups.

The five-story building was designed by Killefer Flammang Architects to provide a supportive environment for a special needs population. According to architect Wade Killefer, whose firm has designed more than 4,000 units of low-income special needs housing, the project includes many elements meant to help seniors feel at home, such as intricate metal gates, warm colors, wood benches and extensive landscaping.

Funding for the NoHo project was through the usual complex mix of sources. For example, tax-exempt bonds from the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee; an allocation of low-income housing tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee; and tax credit syndication through Raymond James Tax Credit Funds. Other sources included a construction loan from Citi Community Capital, as well as a capital loan and operating subsidy from the Mental Health Services Act, which is administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the California Housing Finance Agency.

The city of Los Angeles kicked in some funds too, as did the state of California and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. NoHo Senior Villas also has the distinction of being one of the last projects in California to be developed with the help of a density bonus from the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles.