September 7, 2018 at 9:06 pm PST | by Staff reports
LA City Council earmarks $850K toward LGBT Center expansion

Anita Rosenstein Building

The Los Angeles City Council approved two motions Friday to allocate grants from the city’s budget totaling $850,000 to be allocated toward construction of the LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus. The grants are for construction of affordable housing, homeless beds, and homelessness services, to be located across from The Village at Ed Gould Plaza on North McCadden Place in East Hollywood.

Both motions were sponsored by Councilmember David Ryu, (D-Council District 4).

In a statement released by his office Ryu noted, “Without a doubt, the Anita May Rosenstein Campus will change lives. This campus will mean 98 units for seniors, 25 units for youth, and 100 beds for homeless youth with services, staff and street improvements surrounding the center.”

Lorri Jean is the CEO of The Los Angeles LGBT Center. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles LGBT Center)

The Anita May Rosenstein Campus is expected to cost about $135 million, and provide 98 units of affordable housing for seniors, 25 units of affordable housing for youth, 60 beds for the transitional living program, 40 emergency overnight beds, as well as a commercial-grade kitchen, on-site parking, and a number of services and resources for individuals experiencing homelessness.

“I firmly believe that when completed, the Anita May Rosenstein Campus will be the pride of Hollywood,” Ryu said.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new administrative headquarters will be located at the Rosenstein Campus, a move that the Center notes will freespace in its McDonald/Wright building to become entirely a health and medical center. The Center noted that this would allow expansion to address the growing demand for health-related services, including medical care, mental health, addiction recovery, HIV/STD testing and treatment, and much more.

Ryu’s office outlined that the Center has received generous private support and public funding, including from Proposition HHH, $4.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, as well as $50,000 from Councilmember Ryu’s discretionary funds.

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Groundbreaking on The Anita Rosenstein campus. (Photo courtesy LA LGBT Center)

The Anita May Rosenstein Campus is set to be completed on schedule in early 2019. It will include street infrastructure improvements on Santa Monica Boulevard, McCadden Place and Las Palmas Avenue.
“Building a large intergenerational housing campus isn’t always easy,” Ryu said. “But you don’t change lives with ‘easy.’ It takes hard work and a clear focus to get housing like this built, and to make a real difference in solving homelessness in Hollywood and in the City of Los Angeles.”

This story is in development.

Reporting by the staff of the Los Angeles Blade

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