PALMDALE — Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that $35 million in bonds has been allocated to help finance a 101-unit apartment complex proposed as part of the multi-jurisdictional effort to get more homeless people off Antelope Valley streets.
Planned by Los Angeles-based Meta Housing Corp., which is constructing the 161-unit Courson Arts Colony apartments in downtown Palmdale in a partnership with city, state and county officials, the new Juniper Grove complex at the southeast corner of Avenue R and Division Street will have 49 of its units earmarked for formerly homeless and mentally ill individuals.
“The action of the board today continues my commitment in providing necessary services and housing in the Antelope Valley in addressing homelessness,” Barger said after Tuesday’s vote by the Board of Supervisors.
The board vote approved and allocated financing to help with site acquisition, construction and development of the complex. The county’s share of the financing comes from Los Angeles County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
The Juniper Grove complex is to consist of 49 one-bedroom units, 27 two-bedroom units and 25 three-bedroom units. Fifty of the units will be reserved for households with incomes that do not exceed 30% of the area median income, and 49 units will be reserved for households with incomes between 50% and 60% of the area median income.
Meta Housing’s Courson Arts Colony is on 10th Street East at East Avenue Q-12. The first phase, which is expected to be finished this month, has 40 units reserved for low-income and homeless veterans. The second phase, which is under construction, will have 10 units for individuals with special needs. As part of the second phase, Meta Housing is building a new public swimming pool at nearby Courson Park.