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January 10, 1998 | KIMBERLY LISAGOR
Thirty homeless mothers are vying for a chance to move their families into a new, subsidized apartment complex that will open later this month. But there is space for only 10 families. As completion of the Stoll Community House Apartments on Los Robles Road nears, representatives from three charity groups will interview the women who will become the building's first inhabitants.
April 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
September 30, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
Goleta's drought became Ventura's gain when the Salvation Army began construction recently on 74 rent-subsidized apartments for senior citizens and disabled adults. The Salvation Army planned to build the $4.5-million project in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara, but was forced to look elsewhere when water shortages prompted restrictions on construction, said Margo Reid of Falkenberg/Gilliam Associates Inc., a Pasadena development firm managing the work.
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Martha Groves
From the balcony of her Crescent Drive apartment, Shari Able takes in the luxurious view - a picture-postcard panorama of the homes of Beverly Hills. Her home sits above a Whole Foods stocked with organic kabocha squash and Dungeness crabs. Rodeo Drive's boutiques are a brisk walk away. But the 74-year-old is quick to warn elderly suitors who think her 90210 ZIP Code means a cushy bank account. Her federally subsidized apartment costs her roughly $200 a month, she said. "I told one guy from Long Beach, 'I live in Beverly Hills, but it's the only HUD building in Beverly Hills,'" Able recalled one morning over coffee and madeleines.
September 3, 1988 | SAM HALL KAPLAN
You cannot see the ocean from the city government-subsidized Ocean Terrace apartment complex in Torrance, but the tenants do not seem to mind. They consider themselves quite lucky to have found an affordable place to live in the current housing crunch. The 35-unit senior citizens complex, set back behind a landscaped parking area on a quiet residential block at 3851 226th St.
April 25, 2002
Re "Judge Limits Hikes in Formerly Subsidized Rents," April 19: Now that U.S. District Judge George H. King has told landlords they can't back out of federally subsidized apartment programs, even when the required time period to stay in the program has passed, there is no longer any incentive for future developers to build any new low-income housing. After all, what developer in his right mind would want to deal with a lot of government red tape and often-difficult tenants when the government continues to change the rules in the middle of the contract?
April 4, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The City Council has deadlocked on a proposal to require city-subsidized housing projects to pay property taxes. City officials now decide on a case-by-case basis whether a housing project should be removed from property tax rolls, but there is no policy on when such action should be taken. Five housing projects that received financial assistance from Fullerton and its redevelopment agency do not pay property taxes.
July 7, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday derailed a Reagan Administration effort to sell up to 311 federally subsidized housing projects nationwide in a ruling that could complicate future attempts to transfer government-backed loans to private investors. In issuing the preliminary injunction barring sales that were to become final on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham chastised the Housing and Urban Development Department for failing to consider the effects on low-income tenants.
The head of a company that controls tens of thousands of subsidized housing units for the poor announced Wednesday he is divesting himself of most of the dwellings after accusing the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development of trying to drive him out of business and making him a "scapegoat" for HUD's own problems. A. Bruce Rozet, chairman of Associated Financial Corp.
December 3, 1987 | JESS BRAVIN, Times Staff Writer
A state-subsidized housing development intended to lure professors to UCLA has sparked a dispute between the University of California and the county assessor over $200,000 in assessed property taxes that residents of the community say they should not have to pay. University officials contend that the unexpectedly large tax assessments could damage a project designed to attract top faculty to the school, while Los Angeles County Assessor John J.
February 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Work is underway on Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments, a $19.5-million housing community near several transit stops, including the light rail Metro Blue Line. The project is being developed by Meta Housing Corp. of Los Angeles, which specializes in building subsidized housing for families and senior citizens. Residents of Metro @ Compton must be 55 or older. The County of Los Angeles Housing Authority helped fund the 75-unit complex under construction at 302 N. Tamarin Ave. in Compton.
November 7, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A sleek apartment complex opened Thursday in the heart of skid row, offering what backers hope will be a beacon for the neighborhood's homeless residents and a portal to an increasingly revitalized east side of downtown Los Angeles. The $28-million Gateways Apartments, at the corner of 5th and San Pedro streets, has amenities such as an open-air atrium, solar panels and a smoking lounge with its own filtration system. The eye-catching design contrasts sharply with the more institutional facades of the nearby homeless shelters.
June 28, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Richard Winton and Frank Shyong
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded after a two-year investigation. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved residents who received low-income subsidized housing. The allegations mark another setback for a troubled department that is also the subject of a federal investigation into deputy misconduct and brutality in the jail system.
March 31, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - After George Lucas abandoned plans to build a movie studio along a woodsy road in Marin County, he complained about the permitting process in a place so environmentally friendly that hybrid-car ownership is four times the state average. His next move, some here say, was payback for what Lucas described in a written statement as the "bitterness and anger" expressed by his neighbors. The creator of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" is working with a local foundation that hopes to build hundreds of units of affordable housing on a former dairy farm called Grady Ranch, where his studio would have risen.
June 10, 2011 | By Melanie Hicken, David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Money intended for the construction of a Los Angeles affordable-housing project instead was diverted to pay for a high-end renovation of a Glendale city councilman's condominium, according to a subcontractor who worked on both jobs. Ronald Chamberlain, owner of D & A Coating & Restoration of Fullerton, told The Times the FBI took records involving his work at the home of John Drayman, who lost his reelection bid for the Glendale City Council in April. He said agents also questioned him about Drayman.
July 14, 2009 | Scott Gold
Los Angeles Police Sgt. Alex Vargas sprinted across the grass to the front of an apartment. He leaned ever so gently against the door. "It's open," he said, and his breath quickened. He locked eyes with another officer who was standing across the stoop, gun held tight against his thigh. "I'm going in," Vargas said.
June 17, 2007 | Jessica Garrison and Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writers
THE anonymous tip came in over a special hotline: Someone was smoking marijuana on the balcony of Rachel Baker's government-subsidized apartment. On a recent morning, Lee D'Errico, a Los Angeles County Housing Authority investigator, bounded up the stairs of the sprawling two-story complex in Lancaster, half a dozen armed sheriff's deputies on his heels. D'Errico rapped on the door of Baker, a 28-year-old single mother of three.
March 1, 2009 | Ruben Vives
About 40 tenants at the Jordan Downs public housing project gathered Saturday to hear about city plans that could dramatically change their lives -- a proposal to tear down the tarnished Watts complex and replace it with a modern "urban village" with apartments, stores and restaurants. Residents met at the Jordan Downs recreation center to hear about the ambitious, $1-billion proposal that could include as many as 2,100 units, with both low-income and market-rate housing.
January 16, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
The Hollywood Community Housing Corp. wasn't giving away housing vouchers Thursday -- just the slim chance of securing a subsidized apartment in a new, 58-unit building. Even so, by 11 a.m. more than 700 people were waiting in a line that snaked down Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles -- and housing advocates were worried enough about potential unrest that they called police to help manage the crowd.
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