Officials celebrate the groundbreaking of The Campus, June 2, 2016. Photo by LA Family Housing via Facebook
Officials celebrate the groundbreaking of The Campus, June 2, 2016. Photo by LA Family Housing via Facebook

Construction began Thursday on a $40 million project that includes a health clinic and housing for homeless individuals in the San Fernando Valley.

The Campus, at 7843 Lankershim Blvd., which will include 50 permanent supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals, bridge housing for more than 450 homeless individuals and families, a health clinic and office space for service providers.

The project is slated for completion in the fall of 2017. It includes a south campus consisting of renovated facilities, and an entirely new north campus that replaces the Valley Shelter as a service center for the entire San Fernando Valley. The health clinic will be open to the surrounding community.

L.A. Family Housing President Stephanie Klasky-Gamer described the facility as a “regional hub that will provide coordinated services and help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for thousands of people.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti, county officials and representatives of the developer, L.A. Family Housing were on hand today for a groundbreaking ceremony.

The city put in $2.4 million, mostly from its Affordable Housing Trust Fund, into the project, while the county contributed $4 million. The project is primarily funded private investors who obtained low-income housing tax credits and other types of credits.

L.A. Family Housing develops affordable housing and leads the coordinated entry system that keeps tracks of services for the homeless in the area, which includes the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

–City News Service

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