Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LINC Housing turns vacant motel into affordable apartments

News from NHC's family of members
by Radiah Shabazz, National Housing Conference

NHC member LINC Housing Corporation recently celebrated the completion of Mosaic Gardens in Huntington Park, Calif.  The development was transformed from a 55-room motel to 24 affordable apartments for low-income families, where 15 of the units will be set aside for former foster youth.

The new complex includes 10 studio apartments, six one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom and four three-bedroom units. Renovations allowed for the motel parking lot to be transformed into a courtyard that includes a playground, benches, a barbeque and landscaping. An on-site resident services program facilitated by LINC Cares will provides residents with after-school programs, exercise classes, community engagement activities and more. Staff will be available 24/7 to address the housing, physical, emotional, transportation and health needs of Mosaic Gardens residents.

“LINC Housing is committed to bringing healthy, beautiful, sustainable, and stable homes to people who need them most,” LINC’s President and CEO Hunter L. Johnson said in a press release. “This public-private partnership is a model for how we can come together to develop a community that not only serves the local residents by providing housing but also contributes to the neighborhood overall by beautifying an abandoned building that is now this vibrant community we celebrate today.”

Construction began on Mosaic Gardens in January 2013. The development’s first residents began moving in February. The new community also favors sustainability and has registered with the U.S. Green Building Council in pursuit of LEED platinum certification. 

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