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Dennison of VCH Starts Development Process for Venice Median with Townhall 12 January

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The Venice Median is that area between North and South Venice Blvd and Pacific and Dell Ave.


Venice Community Housing Corporation Director Becky Dennison will start the development program for the Venice Median with a Townhall meeting 12 January 6 to 8:30 pm at the Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.  Dennison has also listed the January thru March development schedule.

The City Council approved the development team of Venice Community Housing (VCH), Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC), and Eric Owen Moss Architects 14 December to start “a community engagement process to form an affordable and permanent supportive housing development on the parking lots bounded by North and South Venice, and Dell and Pacific Avenues.”

“The City’s program requires housing with appropriate services on the site, as well as the continued inclusion of all current public parking,” according to Becky Dennison.

“It is now up to the community and the development team to explore what exactly this site could or should contribute to Venice! Our goal is to develop a project proposal that makes a substantial impact on the neighborhood’s housing and homelessness crisis and contributes positively to surrounding neighborhoods and Venice as a whole.

To receive future updates on community engagement activities and results, sign up here.

Our initial community engagement process will focus on January through March 2017.  The schedule is as follows:

Townhall meeting, with breakout groups
Thursday, January 12th
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Westminster Elementary, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA

Westside Coalition Meeting
Thursday, January 19th
9:00 am – 10:30 am at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

Venice Neighborhood Council Homeless Committee
Monday, January 23rd
6:30 PM
Venice Community Housing, YouthBuild classroom, 720 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA

Please note we are working within the standard Venice Neighborhood Council process to ensure full participation within the Council and its Committees.   All VNC agendas are publicly posted, and the format of the meetings are established by the Council and Committees.  Please keep looking for updates on other Neighborhood Council meetings.

Door-knocking and flyering in adjacent neighborhoods
Friday, January 20th from 9 am to 12 pm
Friday, January 27th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Flyering and Input Gathering at Venice Farmer’s Market
Friday, January 6th and 27th, 8 am – 11 am, 500 Venice Blvd (in approved area near entrance/exit)

Building Tours and Discussions
Visit existing developments of all three project partners, and engage in follow up discussions about what could be included or avoided at the Venice-Dell-Pacific site. Please note that RSVPs are required. If more dates are needed, we will add them.

Venice Community Housing developments
Wednesday, January 18th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 28th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
For both VCH tours, meet at 720 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA and send required RSVP to Iisha Jones at ijones@vchcorp.org.

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation developments
Friday, January 20th
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday, January 21st
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
For both HCHC dates, meet at Views at 270, 1516 N. Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 and send required RSVP to Malen Rodriguez at mrodriguez@hollywoodhousing.org.

Eric Owen Moss Architects studio and buildings
Thursday, January 26th
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Meet at EOMA Studio, 8557 Higuera St, Culver City, CA and send required RSVP to Joshua Herman at herman@ericowenmoss.com.

Dedicated Email Address (valid through at least March 31, 2016 and possibly ongoing)
Email venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org with comments, ideas, concerns, or questions about the project. Emails will not be responded to individually, but summaries of input and Q&A’s will be shared regularly with those that register their emails for responses.

Please note this list of activities is a work in progress. We are open to suggestions for other opportunities, and will post additional dates and venues as they are confirmed throughout January and February. Also please share invitations to meetings or other events at the dedicated email address and we will try and confirm representatives to attend. Lastly, we have been invited to present and discuss at meetings not open to the general public. In our community engagement results, we will be transparent in including all sites and venues where the site/development was discussed and input was gathered.

Comments (11)

  1. Billy Zanatakos

    It’s like the song goes papa was a rolling stone where ever he lays his hat is his home. If you’re homeless in Venice than Venice is your home. Keep the home fires burning as a beacon for all the homeless no matter where they come from.

  2. Anonymous

    Nope – it is all smoke and mirrors – It will transfer taxpayer’s money to the social services and provide housing to people gleaned from all over the County and bring them to Venice… To be fair, VCH runs a tight ship and builds AND MAINTAINS their properties well, BUT, It has little to do with the urban camping situation – REMEMBER, many of the campers are not technically homeless, yet they use the City’s desire to help as a means to hang about our streets and beach. Price a hotel room lately??? This is much like the late Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s “Carrot & stick” approach, without the stick.

  3. Nick Antonicello

    I have one question, will a single homeless person at the beach benefit?

    Will a single unhoused individual receive one of these apartments?

    In other words, will Venice homeless decrease or actually not benefit at all?

    • Nick Z

      I believe that’s a rhetorical question? They’ve already said they can’t limit eligibility to Venice, has to be available to anyone who fits the determined criteria (veteran, elderly, family, etc.) in LA. Likely a few Venetian homeless will get a place, but all else being equal, in will have a negligible impact on the beach population. Now if we were our own city, could we fill it with our own homeless? Maybe.

    • heidi

      Not likely that any homeless in Venice will ever be housed in homeless housing in Venice. The CIty relies on a Coordinated Entry System (CES) to determine and prioritize those who receive services and housing. The CES database is city-wide and all service and housing offerings are placed into the city-wide resource pool. Likewise, all resources are allocated through this same citywide CES database. There are no allocation protocols by district or neighborhood.

      • Jack Herman

        I know of at least one formerly Venice homeless person who is currently housed at the building at Horizon and Speedway that is owned by Venice Housing Corp. And there are probably more there as well that were one time Venice homeless. I only mention the one because I know them personally. There is also a building at Navy and Pacific that houses quite a few people who were once homeless here in Venice.

        • reta

          It is my understanding that all residents at Horizon and Speedway were homeless. VCH owns the building.

          • Linda C. Lucks

            Reta is correct: All residents of the Horizon building are from Venice and were chronically homeless here before being permanently housed with supportive servies and a live in manager there.

          • Lee

            Doesn’t change the fact Linda, that this is no longer the policy for placing homeless by the city of LA.

        • heidi

          That was all pre-CES (Coordinated Entry System). The City/County LAHSA partnership now manages ALL sponsored/funded resources and ALL resources are deployed throughout the city-wide CES database.

          • reta

            What Heidi says is sooo important for Venetians to understand. The C-3 people fill out the applications as do other agencies for the homeless and those applications are fed into the citywide CES database system. Selection for housing is based on this CES database. It was astounding to hear, as reported by one individual, that the City Council and Bonin’s office feel that the Venice homeless are from Venice. It was further astounding to hear that the City Council and Bonin’s office feel that the selection for the proposed Venice housing will be Venice residents who are homeless. The CES database, fed by all homeless in City,and perhaps, County, will be the selection authority.

            Furthermore, there are few local homeless in Venice who are from California, much less Venice. See some of the interviews in Venice Update of homeless and where they are from. Homeless go where the services are mainly, as well as being attracted to weather. The former police captain of the Pacific Division claimed that 90 percent of Venice homeless were “travelers.” Venice has a ratio of 1 homeless for every forty residents. Only Santa Cruz can best that figure in all of California.

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