A first-of-its-kind project focused on preventing veteran family homelessness is coming to Hawthorne.
This public private partnership or P3 includes the City of Hawthorne providing the vacant land, the local nonprofit Century Housing Corporation bringing their extensive experience in veteran housing, and funding from County Measure H funds.
From the beginning, Councilmember Haidar Awad took the approach of gathering actual veterans and veteran organizations across the county to give input on the best way to prevent veteran homelessness. After several meetings, the group quickly determined that veteran family housing should be the focus.
“I was impressed with Haidar’s vision to see this project become a prototype for other future developments for Veterans,” said Tess Banko, Executive Director of UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center and a key member of Councilmember Awad’s “Veteran Housing Working Group, “He knew how to put the pieces together to make this housing effort really happen.”
“It was important to start with input from Veterans and organizations that serve them,” said Councilmember Haidar Awad, “so there was no doubt that we were meeting Veteran’s needs.”
The roughly one-acre lot located adjacent to the New Journey Ministries Church on Codary Avenue will include 18-units of affordable housing and offer services to address the needs of veteran families.
“This model project for the South Bay will include wrap-around services on-site to help residents with employment, education, and health issues,” said Councilmember Awad.
Kyle Orlemann who chairs the city’s Veterans Commission said she almost turned cartwheels when she heard the news after months of planning came to a final vote on December 10, 2019 with the selection of Century Housing Corporation.
Century Housing creates quality affordable home developments throughout California including 900 units of veteran housing in West LA, more than 1,600 homes in San Pedro with 558 set aside as affordable and an award-winning 27-acre affordable housing community in Long Beach.
“It’s a rare and special elected official that’s so willing to commit large amounts of their individual time to help a community that hasn’t received the vital attention that it should,” added Banko.