Councilman Mitch O’Farrell announced Friday that a partnership was reached to build 63 supportive housing units and a community cultural center in Historic Filipinotown.
O’Farrell’s office said Linc Housing partnered with Search to Involve Filipino Americans to build HiFi Collective, a planned five-story building featuring programming space and a community cultural center.
“This permanent supportive housing project hits the mark on many levels,” O’Farrell said. “We’re providing 63 units of housing for the formerly homeless in the area, we are collaborating with a Filipino service organization with a longstanding commitment in the community and we’re honoring John Eric Swing, whose positive contributions to Historic Filipinotown have left an indelible mark in the neighborhood.”
SIPA’s headquarters will occupy the first floor while upper levels will house private affordable housing apartments. The new studio apartment homes are for qualified families and individuals who have experienced homelessness.
The site for HiFi Collective, 3200 W. Temple St., is located at the western gateway to Historic Filipinotown.
The ground floor will include a 2,700-square-foot multi-purpose space and professional-grade kitchen, as well as the new John Eric Swing Small Business Center, featuring resources and incubator spaces for entrepreneurs and small business owners, O’Farrell said.
The John Eric Swing Small Business Center is named in honor of SIPA’s executive director and leader, who died of COVID-19 in June.
“This vital redevelopment at SIPA has been several years in the making and marks the beginning of a turning point for Historic Filipinotown,” said Jennifer Taylor, head of real estate of the SIPA board of directors.
Residents will receive intensive case management and supportive services, including mental health and physical health, employment counseling and job placement, education, substance-abuse counseling, money management, assistance in obtaining and maintaining benefits and referrals to community-based services, O’Farrell said.
According to O’Farrell’s office, funding for the development comes from loans from Bank of America, $12.7 million in Proposition HHH Funds, $6.8 million from the Los Angeles County Development Authority and tax credit equity from Raymond James investment banking company.