LA County partners with youth group to build interim housing

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California Construction News staff writer

Los Angeles County is partnering with Treehouse Impact Group to purchase a 29-unit property for interim housing for youth and young adults, including those who have been in the foster care system. Funding will come from a new Homekey 3.0 grants announced by the State of California. 

Butterfly’s Haven – Woodlawn, is the county’s 32nd Homekey property, with a combined total of 2,157 units.  

“This newest Homekey project increases opportunities for our young people to have community, a sense of safety and stability. Having a warm homecoming at Butterfly’s Haven gives young people a place to live and thrive,” said Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell.  

 “This site will serve youth who need as much support as possible,” LA County Homeless Initiative Executive Director Cheri Todoroff added. “By giving them a nurturing environment, we can help youth take their first steps toward a brighter future.” 

The State awarded $11.3 million in Homekey 3.0 funds to the project, and the LA County Board of Supervisors added $3.45 million from LA County’s American Rescue Plan Act funding allocation to meet the “local match” requirement. 

Located near Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles, the newly constructed property has micro-studio units designed to provide housing and support for former foster youth enrolled in Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+), as well as transition age youth (TAY) and housing insecure youth enrolled in other programs.

For more about Project Homekey, visit: homeless.lacounty.gov.

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