July 5, 2016
After 30 years as a homeless shelter, the former Fiesta Motel in North Hollywood comes down. In its place, an 80,000-square-foot complex will rise, marking the evolution services for the homeless in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley.
Along with administrative offices of Los Angeles Family Housing, the new center will provide space for Neighborhood Legal Services, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County’s health services and mental health department, Department of Child and Family Services, Veterans Affairs, job training and placement, financial literacy, and 50 units permanent housing units.
That will allow thousands of homeless people to access services under one roof, “[t]raveling across our 275-square-mile service region to reach multiple service agencies is a barrier to ending homelessness that has existed for far too long,” said Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, president and chief executive of Los Angeles Family Housing.
“Valley Shelter represents the 30-year evolution of how we as a society have responded to homelessness. In the 1980’s it was seen as enough to offer a bed and a hot meal for up to a month, and that’s what was funded.” Klasky-Gamer said.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)