Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion for a one-time allocation of $750,000 to support the Baseline Claremont Senior Permanent Supportive Housing project in Claremont:

“The 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count found that 6,290 people age 62 or older were experiencing homelessness, which represents a 20 percent increase over the previous year. I will continue to partner with local service providers to seek innovative solutions to end homelessness for our older adults. I will also dedicate resources to keep our senior citizens from falling into homelessness.

“This housing project will feature 15 units with seven units set aside for permanent supportive housing for senior citizens, and the remaining units will be general affordable units for older adults with incomes 60 percent below the area median income. Slated for completion in 2022, this project will cost $4,565,538. However, the project is short by $750,000, and I will provide this one-time allocation of funds to make sure this housing development moves ahead. Once completed, it will be the only permanent supportive housing project for individuals age 62 or older in the City of Claremont.

“Offering more affordable housing is the most effective way to combat our region’s homelessness crisis. Communities thrive when people are given opportunities to access an affordable home, and I will not stop until everyone has a safe, warm bed to sleep in every night.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov