Two affordable housing developments, in the Florence and Willowbrook neighborhoods, will be backed by $40 million in state funding, Los Angeles County officials announced Tuesday.

About $30 million of the state total — received through three separate grants — will be set aside for affordable apartments, while the balance will be used to connect residents of new mixed-income housing developments to transit.

“Accessible, affordable housing is the glue that keeps communities together,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Right now, we are seeing too many of our neighbors struggling to make ends meet.”

Ridley-Thomas said a focus on affordable housing would not only help prevent homelessness, but drive local economic growth.

The apartment projects highlighted will use two-thirds of the set-aside funding for affordable housing.

The Florence Neighborhood Mobility Project will include 109 affordable apartments, about half of which will be for individuals and families at risk of homelessness. The site will also include a county-run workforce development center and a walking path through Franklin D. Roosevelt Park.

Willowbrook II is designed to include 100 affordable apartments and a daycare center, and improvements will also be made to local bicycle routes and nearby Mona Park. The lead developer is LINC (Limited Income Communities) Housing Corporation.

The Board of Supervisors separately approved a $8.1 million loan to A Community of Friends to assist that developer in applying for additional state funding for a proposed 44-unit project in Florence-Firestone. Twenty-eight of the proposed Miramonte Apartments would be set aside for mentally ill households, eight for homeless households and seven for other low-income families.

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