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Dennison Lists VCH Upcoming Venice Median Events and Answers Questions

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, lists the upcoming events and answers the latest questions, all regarding the Venice Median project.

Events

Community Design Event/Site Visit
Saturday, April 15th
10 am – 12 pm
Venice-Dell-Pacific parking lots: meet at the corner of North Venice and Pacific
*Please note that you can come by anytime, and 30-minute small group walks/discussions will start every 15 minutes between 10 am and 11:30 am.

This event provides an opportunity to visit and walk the development site, give input on site layout and design, and allow the architects to hear directly from the community before preparing their preliminary design(s).

Flyering and Door-Knocking
Friday, April 7th and 14th
9 am – 11 am
Farmer’s Market and residences near parking lots

Community engagement dates are updated on an ongoing basis and we are also continuing to attend community meetings as invited – please feel free to invite us to come to any formal or informal group of neighbors or stakeholders. Email venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org to extend an invitation and/or give any other suggestions on expanding community engagement.

 

This Week’s Q&A

Has the specific zone change and/or floor area ratio (FAR) been decided? 
No, not yet.

Will some of the rental units be occupied by people with mental illness and if so what support services will be on site available to them?
It is likely that some of the units will be home to people with mental illnesses.  At this time, we are including 4 full-time case managers for the site and we are building a multi-disciplinary social services collaborative that will include mental health professionals on and off site.

How is a disruptive tenant evicted, and will it be a long drawn out process or a quick solution? 
Both VCH and HCHC occasionally have to evict tenants that are negatively impacting the peaceful enjoyment of the building for others, or otherwise violate their lease.  We follow required legal procedures and engage outside counsel to ensure that we follow the relevant laws and ordinances.

Will there be 24-hour security?
At this point, we are including 24-hour on-site staffing.  All staff are trained and prepared to address security issues.  The complete security plan has not yet been prepared.

Are all of your properties in Venice?
No.  Venice Community Housing also has properties in Mar Vista and Del Rey and Hollywood Community Housing Corp. has properties in Hollywood and other neighborhoods throughout the County.

Is Venice-Dell a new property?  How do I apply?
Yes, this will be a new property.   Application procedures will be announced later in the development process, and will include specific steps for low-income artists and other low-income households.  Units designated for people who are currently homeless will be filled through the coordinated entry system, so individuals and families should ensure they have completed the process to be in that system.  Individual questions about application procedures will be answered at venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org.

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