Ground Breaks on New Supportive Housing Community in Santa Monica

The Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) and Step Up On Second broke ground today on a supportive housing community in Santa Monica, Calif.

Step Up on ColoradoSanta Monica, Calif.—The Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) and Step Up On Second broke ground on the duo’s joint venture Step Up On Colorado in Santa Monica, Calif. The new permanent housing community will adhere to a “Housing First” model that, as a top priority, strives to get individuals off the street or out of homeless shelters and into their own apartments before addressing other important issues.

“Step Up On Colorado combines HCHC’s 25-year record of developing award-wining service-enriched affordable housing with Step-Up’s 30-years of providing recovery services for individuals experiencing mental health issues,” says HCHC executive director, Bill Harris. “We are delighted to be co-developing a new building with 34 units for Santa Monica’s most vulnerable neighbors.”

Designed by Santa Monica-based architecture firm Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA), Step Up On Colorado will include a total of 34 units, with 32 serving as supportive housing units and the remaining two as managers’ units, according to Step Up On Second.  The community will also have a management and life skills office, as well as resident-accessible community spaces.

“The design strategy provides residents a variety of spaces to enjoy alone or in small groups, while still being part of the larger community,” says Lise Bornstein, senior associate at KFA.

The community, which will be located at 520 Colorado Avenue, is located on Phase II of the new Expo line, a light rail service that will connect Santa Monica with Downtown Los Angeles—a major hub of employment opportunities.

The state-of-the-art design will utilize sustainable materials and with a target of LEED Silver certification.  In addition to sustainable building materials, plans also include a drought tolerant landscape designed by Los Angeles-based Carter Romanek Landscape Architects.  Construction will be provided by Irvine, Calif.-based Shangri-La Construction.

The project came to fruition in 2010 with an acquisition and pre-development loan from the City of Santa Monica. Additional funding was provided by the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Wells Fargo Bank and the Raymond James Housing Opportunity Fund.

Step Up On Second has other permanent supportive housing in Santa Monica including the organization’s flagship community, Step Up On Second, a 36-unit single room occupancy community, as well as Step Up On Fifth, which is composed of 46 SRO units, and Daniel’s Village, a refurbished Route 66 motel that contains eight units.