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Agency buys apartment complex for Venice homeless

October 16, 2009 |  2:00 am

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.

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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.”