Thomas Safran & Associates And The Glendale Housing Authority Open New, Affordable Housing For Veterans And Their Families A First Of Its Kind In California

March 29, 2016

 

In partnership with New Directions for Veterans and the Department of Housing and  Urban Development (HUD), the first new construction development for veterans and their families in the state will provide beautiful, comfortable, safe and affordable housing with case management services for our low-­‐income U.S. veteran households.

 

GRAND OPENING       

        

Tuesday, April 5, 2016; 10:30 AM    

    

331 Salem Street, Glendale  

 

In an unprecedented  and much-­‐needed  step toward curbing veteran homelessness in Los Angeles  County,  Thomas Safran & Associates (TSA),  a leader  in developing  and managing  high‐quality, affordable housing communities, and the Glendale  Housing Authority, a public agency leader in financing affordable housing for low income populations, have completed the first new, permanent construction  of affordable  apartments  and services  especially designed  for low-­‐income veterans  and their families in the state of California—Veteran’s Village of Glendale.  

 

The  44-­‐unit property, built  in  partnership  with  the  City of Glendale,  with  ongoing, on-­site assistance by the non-­‐profit New Directions for Veterans, delivers new, innovatively  planned housing with abundant resources for Southern California military veterans and their families previously at risk or struggling with homelessness.  

 

Serving as a national model for creating modern housing options for today’s veterans and their families, this new Veteran’s Village of Glendale community goes beyond the traditional and transitional housing scenarios—the majority of which do not allow children—typically  available to veterans battling homelessness in California and around the country.

 

The $20 million public/private partnership of Thomas Safran & Associates (TSA) and the City of Glendale began in 2012, when the Glendale City Council, operating in their role as the Glendale Housing Authority, conveyed an interest in combining a long-­‐standing vacant, city-­‐owned property with a little-­‐ used municipal parking lot for development as affordable housing for veterans and their families. Built by partner TSA, for construction costs of $12.2 million, the new property is the City’s second affordable housing  project  for  veterans,  but  the  first  in  the  State  of  California  comprised  of  new  construction available for rent expressly for veterans and their families. Additionally, the nonprofit New Directions for Veterans, a comprehensive social service provider dedicated to serving veterans, is onsite to provide assistance and to deepen the partners’ commitment and support to the new residents.

 

Built at the junction of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, Veteran’s Village functions as a   new   paradigm   for  addressing   the   needs   of  low-­‐income   veterans   by  providing   quality   living, community, and services for those who have served their country. Celebrating an investment of nearly

$7 million—approximately $5.3 million in gap financing and $1.6 million in permanent mortgage financing—in  funding assistance from the Glendale   Housing   Authority, the grand opening of Veterans Village will take place on  Tuesday,  April    5    at    10:30    AM    at 331    Salem    Street,    Glendale.   Participants will include city, state and federal dignitaries.

 

“Through joining forces with Thomas Safran & Associates, we are able to significantly advance on our goal to provide new homes for the county’s most vulnerable veterans,” said Vartan Gharpetian, Chair of the Glendale Housing Authority. “Not only is Veteran’s Village of Glendale a one-­of-­a-­kind breakthrough for affordable housing in California, but our returning, well-­‐deserving veterans can take comfort in knowing that the City of Glendale is committed to welcoming them with open arms—and resources.”

 

The   statistics   demonstrate   that   there   is  a  serious   and   sustained   need   for  high-­quality, permanent  housing  for  veterans  throughout  California,  but  particularly  in  Los  Angeles  County.  The County has one of the largest populations of chronically homeless families and the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation—more than 4,000 veterans on any given night; many suffering from Co-­‐Occurring Disorders, including substance abuse, mental illness and post-­‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as chronic medical problems.

 

In an effort to lighten the burden on families transitioning  to their new surroundings,  and as they look forward, New Directions for Veterans will provide a myriad of permanent services, community support and advocacy  to residents  like Joseph Garcia, an Army Veteran,  and his 9-­‐year-­‐old  son, who until  recently  called  a friend’s  garage  home.  Garcia’s  plight  is one  of the many  heart-­‐wrenching  yet inspiring stories found among the families moving into the new property.

 

“Homelessness among those who served in uniform is unacceptable, but to truly solve the issue we need to build long-­‐lasting, therapeutic communities, like Veteran’s Village of Glendale, where we can help  veterans  transition  back  to  civilian  life  with  dignity,  safety  and  support,”  said  Ted  Howells, President and CEO of New Directions for Veterans, founded in 1992. “Our partnership with the City of Glendale  and  Thomas  Safran  &  Associates  allows  us  to  be  on  the  front  line  helping  veterans  with counseling,  education,  job training and placement,  parenting, money management,  and more to help them on their road to economic and emotional self-­‐reliance.”

 

Veteran’s  Village of Glendale,  an affordable  housing  community  designed  for veterans  of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, is comprised of 44 units, including 13 one-­‐bedroom apartments, 16 two-­‐bedroom  apartments and 14 three-­‐bedroom  apartments. A HUD HOME, Section 8 VASH Voucher and Tax Credit community, it allows qualifying residents to apply for housing with monthly rents ranging from approximately $466 to $932 for one-­‐bedroom, $559 up to $1,119 for two-­‐bedroom and between $646 and $1,292 for three-­‐bedroom  units. Comparable market rate rents in the area are two to three times these amounts.

 

With the completion of the four-­‐story Veteran’s Village of Glendale, Thomas Safran & Associates has built another community within a community,   featuring an exceptional selection of new amenities in all its units, including a full kitchen (range/oven, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher), tub/shower combination bathrooms, air conditioning, vinyl and carpeted flooring, window blinds, and a private patio or balcony. In addition, residents can enjoy extensive recreational amenities, such as a large community room with full kitchen and large screen TV, classroom space, computer lab, exercise room, library, landscaped courtyards, and barbecue/picnic areas. The property also provides 56 parking spaces for residents in a secure underground garage.

 

Conveniently   located  next  to  vibrant  Downtown  Glendale,  a  leading  model  of  the  “New Urbanism”  movement,   Veteran’s Village of Glendale is only a couple of blocks north of the Glendale Galleria and the Americana at Brand, within walking distance of public transportation, health facilities, community  services,  parks,  restaurants,  and  the  historic  Alex  Theatre,  among  other  entertainment venues. Within the Veteran’s Village community,  geared toward residents’ needs, regularly scheduled activities will include exercise classes, after-­‐school programming, financial literacy classes, scholarship programs, field trips, and monthly parties.

 

“It  is  with  great  pride  that  we  partnered  with  the  City  of  Glendale  and  New  Directions  for Veterans  to address  the critical  need  of providing  Los Angeles  veterans  and their  families  with  high quality, permanent housing,” said Tom Safran, chairman of TSA. “The completion of Veteran’s Village of Glendale will have a wonderful and positive impact on the community at large and provide a better life for veterans. Our hope is that Veteran’s Village is a model for veterans’ housing going forward.”

 

Thomas  Safran  &  Associates   has  developed   more  than  6,000  units  of innovative   luxury, affordable  and  mixed-­‐use  rental  housing  in  Southern California  and,  for  more  than  40  years,  has specialized in enhancing the lives of its residents and enriching communities with award-­‐winning development and managing of high-­‐quality properties. Thomas Safran & Associates has received such distinguished   awards  as:  the  Golden  Nugget  Award  for  best  mixed use and  affordable  housing; Lieutenant Governor Commendation for outstanding service in the public interest; Southern California Association of Non-­‐Profit Housing award for Project of the Year; Urban Environmental Design award for housing  project  design;  and  commendations  from  the  California  State Assembly  and  the  State  of California Senate, among many others.

 

Please RSVP to attend the grand opening of   Veteran’s     Village   of   Glendale on Tuesday,   April   5,  2016 at  10:30    AM at  331    Salem    Street,    Glendale.

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