Sherman Oaks homeless senior housing complex approved by planning commission

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Sherman Oaks will soon have a new housing complex for homeless seniors. Approved by the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday, the proposed four-story project will provide 54 units for older homeless individuals.

Built by Mercy Housing California, the complex is slated for construction at 14534 Burbank Avenue. According to city documents, an on-site manager and senior services will be available for residents.

People who are 62 years or older will be eligible for the housing.

“Homelessness is the crisis of our time,” City Councilman David Ryu said. “Projects like these will save lives, they will give people a brighter future and they will help address homelessness in Sherman Oaks.”

The project was approved by the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council in May, making it the first approved by the council after two sites proposed for similar projects by Councilmember David Ryu last year drew sharp criticism from residents.

In 2017, homelessness among Angelenos 62 and older jumped by 22 percent from the year prior, which outpaced other demographics, according to Ryu’s office. Mercy Housing California is a relative newcomer to Los Angeles, operating just five sites across the Southland. However, the organization operates 143 sites in California.

The Sherman Oaks housing development is funded in part by $11.8 million from Proposition HHH. Construction is planned for May 2020.

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