Yesterday, the grand opening took place for Mariposa Lily, a new Art Deco-inspired affordable housing project in the Pico Union district of Los Angeles, Calif. The supportive housing community comprises 41 total units, including five for those with mobility disabilities and two units that support hearing/vision disabilities.
The resident services team at WHCHC will offer complimentary on-site supportive services to all residents. They will also collaborate with third-party specialized service providers to assist the previously homeless tenants.
Features of the Mariposa Lily affordable housing community
The building—sitting on a previously vacant 11,807-sf lot—consists of a variety of rental apartments, including studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Additionally, 50% of these units will be dedicated to providing permanent supportive housing for homeless households.
According to the project team, some key elements of the community include:
- An art deco exterior that pays homage to the early 20th century when this architectural style was a prominent and forward-thinking notion in LA
- Seven floors that allow for greater density of housing units
- Muted exterior colors that compliment the surrounding mixed-income neighborhood
- Fitness center, laundry room, and a rooftop terrace with garden space
- Community rooms and spaces that provide counseling—with community support of the project by members of the surrounding neighborhood
- LEED Gold certification, showing commitment to California's greenhouse gas reduction goals