Snyder Langston Completes Construction on Apartment Community for Homeless Women

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorLos Angeles–Snyder Langston recently completed construction of Phase III of the Catholic Charities/Good Shepherd Center Women’s Village, a 35,892-sq.-ft. mixed-use building that will provide services to residents of Good Shepherd Center’s facilities. Construction on the property, located at 1671 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, started in November 2006. Move-ins are expected to begin in May.Phase III is situated on a half-acre parcel of land and includes underground and surface parking for 42 vehicles and a retail bakery/cafe that will provide employment assistance and concrete work experience to some of the women at Good Shepherd. The facility has two floors dedicated to transitional housing for homeless women in the program and includes 21 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment, reserved for the manager. The second floor consists of an employment and client service center, computer training area, and classroom and conference rooms. The property features security measures that include controlled access gates along the perimeter of the property as well as security cameras. Onyx Architects from Pasadena completed design on the project and funds were provided by Catholic Charities, a national nonprofit organization.“This goes to the core of our company’s beliefs,” Frank Martinez, vice president of business development for Snyder Langston, tells MHN. “This project will benefit many homeless women and children by providing an environment that facilitates self-sufficiency and hope.”Eighteen volunteers from Snyder Langston’s philanthropic arm, BRIDGE, helped with furnishing the apartments.The first two phases of the village include a transitional housing residence and a subsidized supportive housing residence that provides long-term housing to mothers with disabilities and their minor children. Good Shepherd Center also operates an emergency shelter and drop-in center, a mobile outreach program and a transitional residence for homeless women and their children.