Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors this week approved funding to build affordable housing on County-owned property located at 1060 North Vignes Street in the City of Los Angeles:

“On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to dedicate $37 million from the County’s allocation of the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to partially finance the Vignes Permanent Supportive Housing development project – a development that I have long championed. This housing project would provide approximately 600 units of housing on an under-utilized County-owned parcel.

“When the County first acquired the property at 1060 North Vignes St. in 2018, it was originally intended to serve as a staging area as we prepared to build a new Men’s Central Jail.

“However, our priorities have since changed: affordable housing is now our most pressing priority.

“As part of the Board’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness, the County partnered with the state to launch Project Roomkey, leasing 36 hotels with a combined total of nearly 4,000 rooms to house more than 4,000 individuals thus far. Now the County must begin implementing its COVID-19 Recovery Plan for people experiencing homelessness, which will require building and adding more units to the pipeline if we want to be in the best position to house people rapidly. The Vignes Permanent Supportive Housing development project will be key in this effort.

“This downtown Los Angeles property of nearly four acres on Vignes Street is uniquely situated near Union Station, providing quick access to public transit that reaches throughout Southern California. According to the 2020 Homeless Count, there are over 17,000 individuals who are unsheltered in the Service Planning Area that includes downtown Los Angeles.

“In December 2019, this Board voted to explore potential short- and long-term housing options for people experiencing homelessness on this parcel, and COVID-19 and the growing homelessness crisis has only increased our urgency to act. This Tuesday, the Board acted by approving critical funding to launch this housing project.

“I am pleased that the Board of Supervisors voted to move ahead with this project to make sure every County resident has a safe and warm place to sleep at night. It is in line with our commitment to pursue a care first, jail last model of support for our most vulnerable residents. Homelessness continues to be the defining moral issue of our time. As we move forward, we will leave no stone unturned in our effort to combat homelessness in LA County.”