The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved plans for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Hollywood on Wednesday. The revolutionary new campus will include up to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth, new senior and youth centers, up to 35 units of permanent supportive housing for young people, and a ground floor retail space.
“Today’s vote marks an important milestone for our city and LGBT community. For nearly 50 years, our Center has been an important part of our city’s safety net, caring for, among others, LGBT seniors and youth—groups that desperately need our help. The need for affordable housing in Los Angeles is particularly dire, especially in Hollywood. The Center and our new Anita May Rosenstein Campus are part of the solution to the growing problem of homelessness, which is precisely why the Center and this project enjoy so much support from the community and elected leaders,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean.
"I am incredibly proud to support the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus project. Over the last year, the Center has worked closely with my office and the adjacent residential community to develop the best possible project for this area. This new campus will play a critical role in combating our city's homeless crisis by providing 100 new beds for homeless youth and 135 new affordable housing units for seniors and young people. Having worked on homeless strategies and social services for over 10 years, I know the Center will impact even more lives because of this project. Angelenos owe a debt of gratitude to the Center for their life-saving work,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu.
Today’s vote clears the way for construction on the project to begin early next year. The new campus will also become the Center’s administrative headquarters, freeing space for the current McDonald/Wright building to entirely become a health and medical center, helping to meet the growing demand for medical and mental health care, addiction recovery services, HIV/STD testing and treatment, and more.