Thursday, July 12, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Dear Honorable Mayor and City Councilmember I want to commend Vice Mayor John Kennedy for bringing to the attention of the City Council the South Heritage Square Property, which is a designated “affordable housing asset.” I also want to thank William Huang for his study showing that most needed and most easily fundable use of this property is for permanent supportive housing for homeless seniorsI support mixed use of this property, using the first floor for commercial development, and the top two floors for supportive housing for homeless seniors.
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- Homeless housing makes a community safer and is good for business.
- Overconcentration is not a problem for gentrifying areas like Northwest Pasadena. According to our Housing Director, “Affordable housing in all its forms is the best way to combat gentrification.” Furthermore, the overconcentration policy doesn’t apply to Heritage Square South since it is not an inclusionary project.
- Homeless housing is a better option for this neighborhood than selling this property for exclusively commercial development and forfeiting over a million dollars to HUD.
- Selling this property for commercial development doesn’t make economic sense. It makes sense to invest in the community with a city-funded project.
- This project has overwhelming support of the community in Vice Mayor John Kennedy's District.
- Mixed use is the best approach, especially since this is a corner lot at a vibrant commercial intersection
- This site is ideal for homeless seniors, according to our Housing Director.
- We can be sure that those housed in Heritage Square South supportive housing will be from Pasadena.
- With a city-funded homeless housing project, we can guarantee it will generate local jobs and beautify the neighborhood. There is no guarantee that exclusively commercial development will generate a single job for Pasadena residents.
- The need for supportive housing for Pasadena’s homeless residents is growing rapidly and needs to be addressed now.
- There are huge financial benefits for housing homeless seniors.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Friends at a demo in Pasadena: Kim and Alex Hopkins, Chris and Elizabeth and their baby Max, and Anthony. See
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Pasadena’s Faith and Community Leaders Call on the City Council to House Homeless Seniors at Heritage Square South
Rev. Sandy K. Olewine, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
Elbert Newton, Mennonite author, activist, homeless service provider
Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG)