Site Dedicated to Janet L. Witkin in Recognition of Her Contributions to the Community’s Aging Population
West Hollywood, November 7, 2014 – The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (CDC) joined Los Angeles County Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico, City Councilmembers, and community members to celebrate the grand opening of the Janet L. Witkin Center.
The Janet L. Witkin Center, located in the City of West Hollywood, was developed by Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA) and is the agency’s newest senior housing development. Named after the organization’s founder, Janet L. Witkin, the development will help low-income seniors and formerly chronically homeless seniors age in place while coping with the challenges of increased frailty. The development will provide 17 units of affordable housing, including 11 units for low-income seniors and six units for chronically homeless seniors. The building will provide a community room, staff office, edible garden, and an outdoor courtyard.
ALA will be the lead service provider and will work with community partners that have committed to providing services to the project including, but not limited to, mental health services, healthcare, transportation, and life skills. The project is pursuing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, in addition to including universal design elements for accessibility in each unit.
The CDC provided construction and permanent financing of over $2 million in HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds to assist with the development of the five-story building, $100,000 of which was provided as an energy efficiency incentive to assist in the development’s energy conservation components. The CDC also administered a $700,000 Homeless Capital Funds Grant awarded to the project from the Third Supervisorial District.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was honored by ALA at the event for his support of the project since its inception and for his years of public service to the Third District. “A year and a half ago we came together to kick off this very special project dedicated to our friend Janet L. Witkin. The finished project not only honors Janet, but carries forward her mission to create housing that offers independent living options for our aging loved ones,” stated Supervisor Yaroslavksy.
For more information on the development of the Janet L. Witkin Center, please contact Allie Gilliland, VP Strategy and Development, at (323) 650-8183. All media may also contact Elisa Vásquez, Public Information Officer for the CDC, at (626) 586-1762.