|By Marketwired .||
|March 5, 2014 06:20 PM EST||
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/05/14 -- Today, Huntington Park's mayor and the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) joined LINC Housing, development partners, residents, and neighbors to celebrate the completion of construction at Mosaic Gardens at Huntington Park. The development team transformed a former, gated up 55-room motel into 24 affordable apartments for low-income families, including transitional age youth -- ages 18-24.
"This has been a year in the making, and today the community of Huntington Park receives an addition of socially conscious housing for our residents," said Huntington Park Mayor Mario Gomez. "By providing secure, affordable housing to often marginalized sectors of our community, like limited-income families and transitional age youth, we raise the rate of success for these families, and we improve the quality of life here in Huntington Park."
Fifteen of the homes are for transitional age youth, including former foster youth, who are currently being served by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The goal is to give these individuals stable, healthy homes so they can continue to move forward with their education, employment or whatever path to independence they've chosen. These homes are the first in Huntington Park for these underserved neighbors.
Shonn, age 23, moved into his new apartment on February 1 after being homeless off and on for several years. He says he's grateful to have a stable home he can afford. "It feels too good to be true," he said. "I lay in bed at night, afraid that someone is going to come in and take my keys away." Shonn, an aspiring artist who paints, draws, writes short stories and composes music, recently started job training to become a peer advocate. He wants to help other young people who face the same challenges he's experienced.
"I am very pleased to see this tangible demonstration of what true community partnership can achieve," said Dr. Marvin J. Southard, D.S.W., director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. "A community is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable residents. Huntington Park has stepped forward and made Mosaic Gardens a beautiful home for persons with mental illness who had been homeless. Los Angeles County is proud to be a part of such a constructive effort."
The renovated complex, located at 6337 Middleton St. in Huntington Park, includes 10 studios, 6 one-bedroom, 4 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom apartments, including a two-bedroom manager's unit. Each home features appliances, carpeted bedrooms, and central air conditioning. The former layout of the motel included a parking lot that was partially under the building and partially exposed. The construction team created a courtyard on an elevated deck above the parking area. The courtyard includes a playground, landscaping, benches, and a barbeque, providing a comfortable area for residents to relax and connect. A community room, private counseling rooms, and a computer lab provide the space for residents to participate in social, education and skill building opportunities.
In addition to providing much-needed housing, Mosaic Gardens at Huntington Park was also built with sustainability in mind. The new community has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is pursuing a LEED Platinum certification. "Green" features include:
- A solar hot water system preheats water for the property
- Dual-pane low-e windows throughout
- A cool roof reduces the heat island effect
- High-efficiency Energy Star-rated appliances are installed in all units to reduce energy use
- High-efficiency toilets, lavatory faucets, and shower heads reduce indoor water usage
- Energy- and water-efficient clothes washers
- Located in a high transit corridor to encourage public transportation
- Located within 1/2 mile of community resources including schools, healthcare, library, parks, banking, daycare, and entertainment
- Erosion control measures were implemented during construction to minimize impact to neighboring sites
- More than 90 percent of the landscaping is drought tolerant, with no invasive plant species
- Water-efficient irrigation, including drip irrigation, minimizes outdoor water demand
- Light-colored paving materials temper the outdoor environment and reduce cooling loads
- Durable exterior construction materials and components
- Walls, doors, insulation and driveways contain recycled materials
- 75 percent of the waste generated during construction was diverted from landfills
- Secure bike racks are provided for tenant use to encourage alternative transit methods
"LINC Housing is committed to bringing healthy, beautiful, sustainable, and stable homes to people who need them most," said Hunter L. Johnson, LINC's president and CEO. "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."
An on-site resident services program, designed to meet the specific needs of the residents, is also be an important part of the community. The program is facilitated by LINC's resident services group, LINC Cares. A Resident Services Coordinator facilitates programs to address common educational and economic needs of the residents. The types of programs that are anticipated include an after-school program, exercise classes, nutrition workshops, and community engagement activities. The service provider contracted by LACDMH will provide services with 24/7 staff availability to help individuals address emotional, housing, physical health, transportation, and other needs so they can function independently in the community.
The majority of the apartments are for families earning less than 30 to 50 percent of the area median income for Los Angeles County, as established by HUD. Rents range from $443 to $1,096, based on unit size and resident income. Property management screens all applicants, including the MHSA qualified residents. All residents must meet income qualifications and pass criminal background and credit checks.
Funding for the $10-million development comes from a number of sources including the City of Huntington Park, Los Angeles County General Fund/Homeless Service Center Funds, Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles Project Based Vouchers, the Los Angeles County and California Departments of Mental Health through the Mental Health Services Act program, the Federal Home Loan Bank's Affordable Housing Program, a construction loan from U.S. Bank, tax credit equity from Raymond James Tax Credit Funds Inc., and a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation. Funding for the acquisition of the site was also made possible by generous support from The California Endowment, Enterprise Community Partners, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
Construction began in January 2013. Residents started moving in Feb. 1, 2014. The general contractor is Advent Companies, and the building was designed by Killefer Flammang Architects. The property is now fully occupied. Anyone interested in being placed on the waiting list can call the on-site leasing company at (323) 588-1832.
About LINC Housing Corporation
LINC Housing, one of California's most productive nonprofit developers of affordable housing, has helped create more than 7,500 homes in 65 communities throughout the state. The organization's properties are known for excellent design, outstanding management and life-enhancing services for its residents. LINC has 30 years of service to families, seniors, and local governments helping to create sustainable communities via new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation, and historic preservation. Visit www.linchousing.org for more information.
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
Sep. 28, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,703
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
Sep. 28, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 394
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...
Sep. 28, 2016 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 306
IoT is fundamentally transforming the auto industry, turning the vehicle into a hub for connected services, including safety, infotainment and usage-based insurance. Auto manufacturers – and businesses across all verticals – have built an entire ecosystem around the Connected Car, creating new customer touch points and revenue streams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy at Cisco Jasper, will share real-world examples of how IoT transforms the car from a static p...
Sep. 28, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,624
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Sep. 28, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 4,150
From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, data and technology are transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, will present key data findings from leading sports organizations San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic NBA team. By utilizing data analytics these sports orgs have recognized new revenue streams, doubled its fan base and streamlined costs at its stadiums. John Paul is the CEO and Founder of VenueNext. Prior ...
Sep. 28, 2016 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,103
One of biggest questions about Big Data is “How do we harness all that information for business use quickly and effectively?” Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial technology is about more than making maps, but adding critical context and meaning to data of all types, coming from all different channels – even sensors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, William (Bill) Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, will take a closer look at the current state of spatial technology and ar...
Sep. 28, 2016 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 277
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
Sep. 28, 2016 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,770
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy ap...
Sep. 28, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 243
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Sep. 28, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 239
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
Sep. 28, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,724
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,812
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discusse...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,437
Whether they’re located in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, cloud technologies are constantly evolving. While the innovation is exciting, the end mission of delivering business value and rapidly producing incremental product features is paramount. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Kiran Chitturi, CTO Architect at Sungard AS, will discuss DevOps culture, its evolution of frameworks and technologies, and how it is achieving maturity. He will also cover various st...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,873
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,495