The city of Los Angeles officially put out a call Monday for developers to submit plans for building homeless housing at eight city-owned properties.
City leaders are looking to build housing for the homeless as part of a larger plan to fight homelessness in Los Angeles, where about 27,000 are thought to be living on the streets.
Affordable housing developers are being asked to submit qualifications and their proposals for what they believe can be done with the eight properties, with the hope that the parcels can either be developed into housing or sold off to raise money for housing projects elsewhere.
Vetted developers will be placed on a list of pre-qualified firms for the proposed projects, which include permanent supportive housing units that have on-site services for the homeless.
Several Department of Transportation parking lots in Lincoln Heights are among the city-owned sites, along with:
• a hillside plot across from Hansen Dam in Sylmar, at 11681 W. Foothill Blvd.;
• a vacant parcel at 283 W. Imperial Highway in South Los Angeles;
• the Thatcher Yard public works lot at 3233 S. Thatcher Ave., near Marina del Rey;
• the Venice Dell Pacific parking lots at 125 E. Venice Blvd.;
•former Fire Station 5 in Westchester, at 6621 W. Manchester Ave.;
• abandoned Fire Station 53 in San Pedro, at 438 N. Mesa St. in San Pedro; and
• the former West L.A. Animal Shelter site, at 11950 Missouri Ave.
City leaders have adopted a $138 million plan to address homelessness in the upcoming year, and have also placed a $1.2 billion parcel tax measure on the November ballot aimed at raising a sustained source of funds for homeless housing projects.
The city’s housing department is also moving forward with its own slate of affordable and homeless housing projects at 13 city-owned sites, according to the mayor’s office