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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice Median Homeless Development Workshop 12 January

The Venice Median homeless development meet was originally designated as a Townhall to be held 12 January. Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, has changed the format to be a “visionary workshop” with an interactive process and discussion. See previous story.

The meet will be Thursday, 12 January 6 to 8:30 pm at Westminster Elementary School.

Jazz & Champagne Fund Raiser


A champagne brunch and jazz fundraiser with a silent auction will be held 11 am to 3 pm, 18 September at 1400 Elkgrove Circle, Venice, to benefit Venice Community Housing.

Gateway Apartments Opens for Chronically Homeless and Disabled

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Gateway,a 21-unit apartment complex at 13368 Beach Ave., held an opening ceremony Wednesday (4 May).

Gateway is now home to 21 formerly chronically and disabled homeless individuals with severe health issues and who were most in need of housing.

The development was a joint venture with the Venice Community Housing and the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation

Venice Community Housing Says Senior Center Would Be for Storage, Plus

Becky Dennison, new executive director of Venice Community Housing Corporation, says Venice Community Housing plans to use the Westminster Senior Center primarily for storage but proposal to Recreation and Parks Department also included other amenities for the homeless.

In a previous story (https://veniceupdate.com/2016/01/27/10467/), it was stated that Venice Historical Society wanted the Westminster Senior Center on Pacific for their archives to be used in many ways including possibly a welcome center. Also bidding for the senior center was the Venice Community Housing Corporation. At the time it was not know what the Venice community Housing Corporation planned for the property.

“I wanted to let you know that the proposal we submitted for the use of the Westminster Senior Center focuses primarily on a voluntary storage program for unhoused residents of Venice,” wrote Ms Dennison. “We currently operate a small, mostly volunteer-led program but the need is far greater than our current space and volunteer-only program can accommodate.

“Our proposal also included the possibility of other services at the site, depending on funding and direction from LAHSA, such as showers and restrooms and connections to housing placements and wait lists. As you know, the homeless community in Venice is incredibly underserved and, until we can reach our goal of housing for everyone, these proposed programs could provide much needed services as well as improve the community for all housed and unhoused residents.”

BiG Bohemian Yard Sale Saturday

Big Bohemian Yard Sale

Saturday 10/3 8am-1pm
Palm Court 733-743 Palms Blvd, Venice 90291
25% of proceeds will be donated to Venice Community Housing .

Very Venetian/ Bohemian Stuff
Antique –Vintage — New

Clothing — Accessories — Furnishings — Collectibles — Jewelry — Art — etc…

…steamer trunks, mirrors, vintage chairs, household goodies, chotchkies lots more…

Venice Visionaries Rally to Support VCH with Specials Events

Venice’s creative community of visionary architects, chefs, designers, authors,
performers, residents and friends are rallying to support the nonprofit
Venice Community Housing (www.vchcorp.org) with a series of special events.

Attendees will enjoy fine food by some of LA’s hottest restaurants and visit
architecturally distinguished homes rarely open to the public.

Saturday, April 25- 5-8 PM-
Kick Off Party at the Pacific Palisades home of
Event co-founder, landscape designer Jay Griffith. $300 per person-
For tickets call Linda Lucks 310-526-3851 or log onto

Saturday, May 2- 6:30 PM
Award-winning architect Steven Ehrlich and writer Nancy Griffin host a dinner at their Venice Home prepared by Chef Farid Zadi featuring paella & North African specialties. A conversation about “Venice Architecture: Past & Future” will be moderated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton, host of ‘DnA: Design & Architecture’ with special guests. Space available. $500 per person.
For tickets: call Linda Lucks@ 310-528-3857 or log online at www.venicedesignseries.org

Saturday, May 9 5:30 PM
International architect Kulapat Yantrasast, Principal of wHY, along with Venice realtor Tiffany Rochelle & restaurateur Paul Hibler, creator of The Superba Restaurants, co-host a fun garden gathering with food by Superba, art and community. A salon discussion on creativity will pair architects & chefs. Space available at $500 per person.

Sunday, May 10: 11:30 AM – 3 PM
Modernist architect Gregory Ain’s Historic Mid-Century
Homes & Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch featuring the Azar Lawrence Quartet,
catered by Gjelina, and hosted by residents Shannon Matheson & Brad Neal,
Amanda Seward & Hans Adamson.

The “Modernique Homes” tract became the first post WWII Modern Historic
District in LA in 2003. Guests will receive a copy of Anthony Denzer’s book,
“Gregory Ain: The Modern Home & Social Commentary”. Space available
at $500 per person.

Purchase tickets or sponsorships: http://www.vchcorp.org/venicedesignseries

For more information visit the website www.venicedesignseries.org