Housing for homeless, veterans planned for site of North Hills’ former Angel Appliances store – Daily News
Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez and LA Family Housing CEO Stephanie Klasky-Gamer led the way as LAFH broke ground on the construction of My Angel, a new permanent supportive housing complex in the San Fernando Valley’s North Hills area.
The project will convert the former Angel Appliances store — an iconic Valley retailer and service center that opened in 1955 but recently shut down — into 54 permanent supportive homes for veterans and individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. The target completion date is October 2023.
The half-acre development, which officials said will cost $31.5 million to complete, was made possible by a combination of Measure HHH funds and a large donation from Hal Kassner, a retired Army veteran, and his wife, Sue. The couple donated the property with the goal that housing be made available to veterans.
The architect is GGA. The complex will be built by constructed by United Building Company and AMJ Construction Management, Inc. Once complete, the John Stewart Company will manage the property, with LAFH providing on-site services.
My Angel will have on-site support services for residents that are not only experiencing homelessness, but it will help them manage their mental health and find employment here at this very site,” Martinez told attendees of Thursday’s ceremony.
Services at the complex will include case management, connections to healthcare services and education and employment resources, officials said.
“We are beyond grateful to Hal and all our partners for making it possible for us to build new housing for veterans in the San Fernando Valley,” said Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, President and CEO of LA Family Housing. “LA Family Housing is proud to have collaborated these last four years with our service partners, elected officials, and the North Hills community to expand the resources and services available to those most in need in our region.”
The development will also include a community garden, a gated dog park and recreation areas.
“When the 54 veterans and individuals who will be housed at My Angel are settled into their brand new apartments, all the angels involved in making this happen will surely get their wings,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, in whose 3rd District the project resides. “My Angel will provide housing for people who honorably served this country and then had a long struggle with chronic homelessness. Apartment by apartment, building by building, we are expanding bridge and permanent housing for San Fernando Valley residents so that, with time, every person in the County will have a place to call home.”