LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2022) AHF and its Healthy Housing Foundation will host a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, January 16, 2022 to showcase their ongoing commitment to eradicate homelessness in L.A. and across the country. The new building, the “Renaissance Center” will be comprised of a 216-unit, 15-story modular high-rise which will serve as housing for extremely-low-income and formerly homeless individuals.
As homeless numbers continue to increase and disproportionately affect people of color, this dedication ceremony comes just in time to honor and continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of housing equality. This new land acquisition from AHF sits adjacent from its Madison Hotel; a historic 220 single-room- occupancy hotel which AHF previously purchased and repurposed as affordable housing in 2018. The Madison was one of the first affordable housing real-estate investments made by AHF, which in turn helped launch Healthy Housing Foundation.
Housing for people of color, more specifically Black Americans, has been an ongoing issue for several decades. To date, more than half of Black Americans don’t own homes. This shows that discriminatory housing laws and practices continue to be a huge challenge.