Residents Evicted From L.A. Mission's Low-Income Housing In Hollywood
Hollywood's L.A. Mission apartment complex is no longer a transition home for the former homeless as the Christian ministry evicted its low-income residents this week after selling the building.
The 45-unit building located on Bronson Ave. and Sunset Blvd. was sold off in March, and residents had until this past Monday to move out, according to CBS Los Angeles. Earlier this week, there were still five adults and six children of the 54 people living at the site who still haven't found new permanent housing.
L.A. Mission president Herb Smith told CBS Los Angeles that they sold the building that was donated to them by the Weingart Foundation in 1994 because their program didn't quite work out like they had hoped. With the apartment complex being in Hollywood, it was too far from the mission's services in skid row, where residents could take classes to help get them back on their feet. "The goal has never been to keep them in the building," Smith said. "It has been to move them into permanent housing."
Smith told the L.A. Times that they won't be leaving anyone behind, and that they'll even give temporary shelter at the mission if the former residents need a place to stay. However, some folks told the Times that they're afraid of going back to skid row, a place they spent years living when they suffered from addiction.
"The Los Angeles Mission's a good deal; I don't hold any grudge against them," Patrick Vincer, a resident at the building, said. "I just feel they left us out in the dark."
The money made from the building's sale will go towards new transitional housing. It's not clear at this point where that housing will be located. The L.A. Times reports that mass evictions of Los Angeles apartment buildings is growing, including in Hollywood. City housing records reveal that the number of units that have been taken off the rental market have tripled between 2013 and 2014.
"I’m going to miss this place, it’s been good to me," Maggie Benley, a resident at the L.A. Mission apartment, told CBS Los Angeles.