A proposed permanent supportive housing development in Pasadena is poised to receive up to $21 million financing through the sale of bonds by Los Angeles County.

The sale of multifamily housing revenue bonds, which was approved earlier today via a motion introduced by 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, will go towards the construction of the Pasadena Hope Center, a project from the Salvation Army.  Plans call for replacing a small office building at the intersection of Walnut Street and Catalina Avenue with a four-story edifice containing 65 single-room occupancy apartments and approximately 2,600 square feet of office space for service providers, flanked by a parking lot with capacity for 15 vehicles.

All residents of the proposed building would be single adults who meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition of "homeless," according to Barger's motion.

Carde Ten, a Culver City-based firm, is designing the Hope Center, which would blend contemporary architectural style with classic Art Deco elements.  The white-stucco structure would include common amenities for residents, such as a yoga room, a courtyard, a library, and multiple outdoor decks.

Past reports have estimated the cost of the proposed development at roughly $32 million.  In July 2020, completion was anticipated in late 2021.

According to the Pasadena Hope Center's official website, there are approximately 22,000 Pasadena residents who live in poverty, as well as 542 residents experiencing homelessness as of 2019.  The vast majority of the City's unhoused residents are single adults, roughly 30 percent of whom are aged 55 or older.

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