Last month, Governor Newsom announced $125 million in new funding for the construction of veterans supportive housing developments across the State of California - more than half of which will go toward new projects in Los Angeles County.

The money, which was distributed as part of the sixth funding round of the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program, will go to 12 different developers and facilitate the construction of 16 projects containing a combined total of 861 residential units - including rental apartments, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing.

View of the LTSC-Go For Broke project from Jackson Paseo looking westCarde Ten

One of the biggest Los Angeles area recipients of funding is Little Tokyo Service Center, which secured $15.5 million for the construction of its First Street North Apartments adjacent to the Japanese American National Museum. The project, approved earlier this year by the Los Angeles City Council, will be constructed in phases and eventually include 245 apartments - half of which will be reserved for veterans at risk of homelessness.

“This part of town has always been the heart of Little Tokyo,” said Takao Suzuki, Little Tokyo Service Center's director of community development. "Because of gentrification, it feels like we have significantly less dedicated spaces for legacy businesses. With the increased anti-Asian sentiment taking place in America due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel that having a more positive and visible project is a good way to pay tribute and assert our presence in our community. Telling the story of [First Street North] allows us to weave in a narrative that educates and challenges what we’re going through as a community.”

In addition to housing, the First Street North apartments will also include 40,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space reserved for legacy small businesses, as well as arts and cultural spaces catering to the neighboring Union Center for the Arts and the a permanent exhibition space for Go For Broke.

Rendering of the Steps on St. AndrewsLOHA

In total, eight projects in Los Angeles County received funding, with just over $73 million in grant funds going toward the construction of 313 housing units.

The other Los Angeles County projects include:

Looking for affordable housing? Visit and

California's 2021 state income limits

Click here for additional affordable housing resources