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Agency buys apartment complex for Venice homeless

Nineteen people living on the streets of Venice may soon have a home in an apartment building recently acquired by the Venice Community Housing Corp.

The agency purchased the complex near the beach at Horizon Avenue and Speedway, making it the 14th such building it has acquired for affordable housing in Venice and surrounding areas.

Nineteen of the building’s 20 units will go to homeless people, and a live-in manager will occupy the other. They are expected to become available to the new tenants early next year.

Read more in The Argonaut:

Steve Clare, director of the housing corporation, which is committed to providing affordable housing, job training and support services to low-income community members, said the purchase is part of the agency’s goal to not only get people off the streets but offer support such as healthcare and job training.

The agency works to provide housing to the lowest income people that it can, he said.

“The mission of the Venice Community Housing Corp. has always been to provide affordable housing for people in our community,” Clare said. “At a time when homelessness is growing, we are proud to be providing housing for some of the poorest among us and a solution for the community.”

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Maybe you can now provide a home for Bessie Mae Berger and her two sons! Since, according to the article, they spend time in Venice, this seems like a good fit. Hopefully, I can read a follow-up article showing her living conditions are improved. It's disgusting that a 97 year old woman is living like she is. Please assist her!

I was thinking the same thing! Maybe Bessie and her sons will qualify for one of the apartments.

Midwest Reader, your thought was my first thought...please get this family into one of the available apartments asap...keep this family together.

Steve Claire, represented me when a slum landlord had me evected from an unknown ileagal apartment, 30-years ago.
This was my first apartment in Los Angeles. I was recovering from a disabling illness, chronic in nacture. I remain in recovery and stable. We had to go to court to get the court ordered relocation money. Steve later moved to the West Side and started the non-profit which has brought housing to the poor and disabled. Thank-you Steve. Gerald N. Minsk LAC.DMH.

Y'all beat me to it... Bessie and her sons need this. Why should the suffer because they are trying to keep their family intact?

Looks like Bessie and her boys impacted all of us. I think we should all bombard Venice Community Housing Corp. with calls and perhaps they can quickly get that family some help before that little old lady dies in that car.

How many more apartments could have been bought further inland for the same money? Venice is part of Los Angeles, and you can't tell me that three times as many people couldn't be well housed in another part of the city -- but I guess then it wouldn't be near the beach.

I think another excellent candidate would be Razzi, the almost entirely blind woman who sleeps on the porch of Bank America at Windward because the light keeps the creeps away.

But what happened to the people who were already living there? Were they somehow evicted? Doesn't make sense to give people homes by making other people homeless.

How are the homeless selected?

I completely agree with Nia. This is a complete waste of money and prime real estate. A great deal more housing could have been bought farther inland for these people, instead of further contributing to Venice's recent slide back into what it was twenty years ago. I feel sorry for the local land owners.


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