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Venice agency buys 20-unit building to provide affordable housing for homeless

October 8, 2009 | 12:44 pm

The Venice Community Housing Corp. has bought a $3.6-million apartment building that will be used to provide affordable housing for people who are now homeless. Housing units are expected to become available starting early next year.

The city of Los Angeles, at the recommendation of Councilman Bill Rosendahl, contributed $750,000 toward the purchase. The agency also got an acquisition loan from the Corp. for Supportive Housing, a national nonprofit that helps communities create permanent housing with services.

St. Joseph Center will provide supportive services for new residents in the building. Of the 20 units, 19 will be made available for affordable housing for homeless individuals. Venice Community Housing said in a statement that it owns 13 other buildings in and near Venice, in which it houses about 480 people, 141 of whom had been homeless.

-- Martha Groves