In an effort to combat the rising number of chronically homeless individuals in Los Angeles, two non-profit housing developers, Step Up on Second and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) have joined forces to support the Step Up in Hollywood Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to develop the financial resources needed to acquire, develop and operate 200 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified permanent supportive home units using multiple green technologies by 2014.
As one of the first projects in the campaign, Step Up on Vine includes the renovation and retrofitting of the 1920’s Galaxy Inn located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street. The existing three-story structure will be converted into 34 units of affordable housing for the chronically homeless and transitional youth with severe and recurring mental illness. The ground floor will include retail and community space, a computer lab, commercial kitchen and a café for the buildings’ residents.
In keeping with the Step Up in Hollywood Campaign, the project has established a minimum goal of LEED Silver certification. To achieve the goal, the building renovation will include a rooftop garden, green screens on the exterior of the building, domestic solar hot water, and other green finishes and fixtures.
Developer: Hollywood Community Housing Corporation – www.hollywoodhousing.org
Step Up On Second –www.stepuponsecond.org
Architect: Egan/Simon Architecture – www.egansimon.com
General Contractor: Shangri-La Construction – www.shangrilaconstruction.com