Developed by Clifford Beers Housing, both the Metamorphosis and Isla Intersections projects provide affordable housing for families or individuals that are experiencing homelessness, including those that are chronically homeless, and formerly homeless military veterans. In addition to permanent supportive housing, the projects also include many green features including community gardens, walking paths, and ecological features that preserve water and energy. For example, the Isla apartments will open onto a shared street and public space called the Annenberg Paseo. This paseo will contain a lush landscape called a living lung, comprised of trees irrigated by a greywater system, which will reduce air, noise and light pollution from the surrounding freeways.
The Little Tokyo Service Center and Go For Broke National Education Center are partnering on a project to redevelop a City of Los Angeles parking lot in the heart of Little Tokyo. The new development will provide affordable housing, community-serving commercial space, a landscaped terrace, and an education center focused on Japanese-American World War II veterans. The proposed project sits on a site that was once occupied by homes and businesses serving the Japanese-American community, but was taken through eminent domain by The City of Los Angeles for expansion of the Civic Core. The project is the first in many years to grow Little Tokyo’s footprint and focus on joint development of affordable housing and community amenities, including green space. LA ROSAH has supported the project by hosting a resource sharing workshop focused on integrating green infrastructure throughout the project.
The Willowick Public Golf Course (Willowick) is a rare section of green space in central Orange County, located in Santa Ana and owned by the City of Garden Grove. This precious 102-acre site filters toxic emissions and reduces intense heat for local residents and is being considered for redevelopment by the City of Garden Grove.
The Rise Up Willowick Coalition came together to fight back against ongoing efforts to turn Willowick into a large-scale development that would displace vulnerable residents and increase gentrification pressures city-wide. They are fighting to make sure that the new development serves the needs of the community for parks and open space, and affordable housing. LA ROSAH members have been supporting the community’s vision for affordable housing and park space for this site.