More than 200 guests including Congressman Adam Schiff, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Councilwoman Nury Martinez celebrated the Grand Opening of The Irmas Family Campus on May 30, 2019.
LA Family Housing is one of the largest homeless service providers in Los Angeles, operating 26 properties of temporary, permanently affordable, and permanent supportive housing.
This is the first facility of its kind in the San Fernando Valley. The Irmas Family Campus serves as a regional service hub that includes bridge housing for individuals and families, permanent supportive housing, a comprehensive community health center, and two resource centers that will provide a first point of engagement for individuals and families in need of services and housing.
LAFH President and CEO, Stephanie Klasky-Gamer walked up to the podium and told the guests, “Last year, we helped nearly 11,000 people. Now that we’ve created a space to strengthen collaboration and efficiencies in how our region delivers services – we’re going to help even more.”
Next San Fernando Valley Congressman Adam Schiff shared his thoughts. “This campus will transform lives and serve as a model for the whole region. The campus exemplifies LA Family Housing mission to help our neighbors here in the San Fernando and across Los Angeles transition towards long-term solutions to homelessness.”
Concerned about the issue was also Supervisor, Second District Mark Ridley-Thomas. He introduced Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti as “Our Chief Executive who has felt in his heart, his head, as well as his gut, that we have to address the defining civic issue of our times – it is called Homelessness.
“To Congressman Adam Schiff who has been a dear friend for so many years, who doesn’t just help homeless housing get built, he helps uphold the Constitution of United States of America. Which is something darn worth fighting for, it’s not a partisan moment today nor is it a partisan issue to support the Constitution,” said Mayor Garcetti. “As a resident of Los Angeles my entire life, I want to see more of these campus openings. Yes, I want this in my back yard!”
When voters passed Prop. HHH in 2016, it gave the City of Los Angeles the needed tools to build thousands of supportive housing units. “We are delivering on that promise,” said Garretti. “We now have more than 100 supportive housing projects and dozens of other facilities in the pipeline, and I am proud to see the Irmas Family Campus at LA Family Housing, the first of those projects, open yesterday.”
Financed by HHH funds, County, Federal, and private philanthropic support, the $52M Campus includes 49 units of permanent supportive housing, a 6,000-square-foot health center operated by Northeast Valley Health Corporation, bridge housing for families and individuals, administrative offices, and two service centers that will be occupied by LAFH and partners including Neighborhood Legal Services, the VA, the LA Unified School District, and other LA City agencies.
“This is the greatest fight of our lives – Homelessness. We have to make sure women and children have the appropriate housing to have a real chance in life. We are rebuilding lives with LA Family Housing,” said City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “We are effectively providing comprehensive homeless services to individuals, children, and families in the San Fernando Valley and the greater City of Los Angeles. Instead of just treating homelessness, LA Family Housing guides individuals towards long-term solutions to homelessness like supportive housing and wraparound services.”
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