Big Win!

Century Celebrates Legislative Win for West Los Angeles VA Campus

Big Win!

Century, as a proud member of the West LA Veterans Collective, joined Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Ted Lieu (both D-California) in applauding President Joe Biden for signing the West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act into law Wednesday. Both the Senator and the Congressman are long-time supporters of the West LA VA Campus and champions of this new legislation.

“This legislation has been years in the making,” Century Senior VP Brian D’Andrea said. “Thanks to the leadership and perseverance of our legislative champions, this bill  will accelerate and enable the creation of thousands of units of permanent, supportive housing for our community’s Veterans at the West LA VA. We are incredibly grateful for all of the hard work and dedication that brought this legislation to life.”

The West LA Veterans Collective is a Veteran-led, mission-driven collaborative team that also includes U.S.VETS, long-time partner of Century’s, and Thomas Safran & Associates. More information about the West LA Veterans Collective is available here: www.wlavc.org

“I want to thank Senator Feinstein and Representative Lieu for their commitment to Los Angeles veterans and determination to get this legislation enacted into law so quickly,” U.S.VETS CEO Steve Peck said in a recent press release. “The bill…will help put a roof over the heads of Veterans in need and promote their housing stability, long term health and recovery.”

The law authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use funds collected from leases and other use-agreements on the West LA VA campus for the development of supportive housing and services on campus. Further, it increases the time period for enhanced use leases on the campus from 75 to 99 years. Increasing the length of leases will help streamline the construction of more than 1,200 units of supportive housing on campus while reducing long-term costs.

“This is an incredible win for Century, the West LA Veterans Collective, and our community’s Veterans,” Century CEO Ron Griffith said. “With approximately 1,450 permanent supportive housing units planned, this legislation brings us one step closer to our vision of creating a vibrant, cohesive, and supportive housing community for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.”

More information about West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act is available here: Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein

The Beacon Wins at SCANPH

The Beacon Honored with SCANPH’s Award for Overall Excellence

The Beacon Wins at SCANPH

 

We are proud to share that our Long Beach development, The Beacon, was awarded Multi-Family Development of the Year by SCANPH at the Annual Conference’s Homes Within Reach Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes excellence in affordable housing among projects completed in the last year. Selections are submitted by SCANPH members and chosen by an independent jury of professionals from throughout SCANPH’s regional footprint.

The Beacon, home to veterans, formerly homeless people, and very-low-income seniors, is centrally located directly across from a Metro Blue Line stop and two high-frequency bus lines and serves as a physical gateway to Downtown Long Beach. Opened in 2019, The Beacon features a new bus shelter and approach, community rooms, barbecue areas, and computer rooms, with wrap around social services provided through Mental Health America. Beacon is a mixed-use project with 6,200 square feet of retail along Long Beach Boulevard.

“Century is extremely proud of our Beacon Project providing 160 beautiful and much needed affordable homes to veterans and vulnerable seniors,” said Brian D’Andrea, Senior Vice President of Century. “Beyond homes, The Beacon will provide residents with supportive services and connectivity to job and service centers via the Metro light rail and local bus lines. We thank all our partners for making Beacon possible, especially Wells Fargo, KPRS and The Architects Collective. We are most thankful to the City of Long Beach for its financial and overall support through its amazing Development Services and Housing Authority teams.”

Century Celebrates Opening of Anchor Place

Yesterday, Century, the City of Long Beach, and dozens of partners and supporting agencies celebrated the grand opening of Anchor Place, a 120-unit affordable housing development for families and veterans experiencing homelessness.

Located within the Century Villlages at Cabrillo campus owned and operated by Century, the five-story development includes 75 units reserved for veterans experiencing homelessness and 45 units set aside for extremely low-income residents. Anchor Place consists of a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, extensive open space, and courtyard recreational areas.

“Providing affordable, safe, and secure housing for a veterans and families is a key to addressing the City’s housing needs,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga. “This development will support the tremendous efforts at the Century Villages at Cabrillo, and further promote vibrant and diverse communities.”

Residents have access to comprehensive on-site supportive services including case management, physical and mental health services, employment services, life skills training, and counseling.

“Century is very proud of Anchor Place and what has been created in the larger Villages at Cabrillo community,” said Ronald M. Griffith, President & CEO of Century Housing. “We are grateful for the investment and contributions of our many partners that have created this special community where lives are being transformed.”