Planning and Development
Panama 5th Street, Los Angeles

Rehabilitation Project

72 Studio Apartments Fully furnished Private Bathroom and Kitchenette Population Served - Homeless Individuals Affordability Level - 50% AMI or Below Amenities - Community Kitchen, Lounge, Computer Area, Security Office, On-site Supportive Services Office


The Planning and Housing Development Division of SRO Housing Corporation oversees all new housing development projects undertaken by the organization. Projects include the reconstruction and rehabilitation of existing buildings, capital improvements to existing buildings and the construction of new sites. Staff members oversee projects from conception to completion, beginning by seeking funding from agencies such as the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the City of Industry and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC). They then weigh in on preliminary design concepts, the selection of architects, consultants and general contractors, as well as site design issues such as colors and furnishings. Finally, the project is handed over to the Property Management Division to achieve occupancy. Planning and Housing Development staff also work at the macro level, scanning the horizon for new funding opportunities and projects. SRO Housing Corporation has worked with award-winning architects such as Michael Lehrer of Lehrer Architects, Killefer Flammang Architects and Dvoretzky Bardovi Bunnell Architects. General contractors include Westport Development and Dreyfuss Construction. Based on our accomplishments as an affordable housing developer, SRO Housing Corporation was asked by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to build the Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center. Completed in 1999, the Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center is an 8,000 square foot facility that offers showers, community space, emergency shelter beds, storage space and case management services to the homeless community. Today, the Drop-In Center is operated by Volunteers of America Los Angeles, a local homeless services provider. The Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center was the first facility of its kind, earning awards for its design and construction.

Gateways   The Gateway to New Beginnings…

James Wood


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