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Venice nonprofit receives $1.3-million grant to help homeless people with disabilities

July 12, 2010 | 10:03 pm

Venice Community Housing Corp. said Monday that it has received a $1.3-million grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Shelter Plus Care program to provide rent subsidies for chronically homeless people with disabilities.

Residents will be housed in a 20-unit building in Venice that the housing organization bought in October with a $750,000 forgivable loan from the city of Los Angeles and a $3-million loan from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national nonprofit group.

Funds for rehabilitation and permanent financing were provided by the state’s Mental Health Services Act and the Governor’s Homeless Initiative, as well as by grants from Los Angeles County and the Ahmanson Foundation. The housing corporation said it expects to complete the building’s rehabilitation and begin leasing the units by early 2011.

St. Joseph Center will manage clients’ cases and ensure that the residents get access to medical and mental health services so that they can remain in housing. Clients will also receive training in money management.

Residents will be required to contribute 30% of their income from Social Security and other sources toward rent, with HUD subsidies covering the rest, said Kristen Laskaris, development director of Venice Community Housing Corp.

-- Martha Groves in Santa Monica