Wave Staff report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city has acquired the Holloway Motel property at 8465 Santa Monica Blvd., which will operate as the Holloway interim housing program to provide comprehensive services and a supportive space for people experiencing homelessness to transition into stable housing.
The program will provide housing for people experiencing homelessness to stay up to 90 days, giving them support and time to transition off the streets and into housing. The property will be managed and operated through a partnership with Ascencia, a nonprofit homeless services agency that will provide comprehensive case management and uphold safety for program participants.
In the coming months, the city and its architectural and construction partners will focus on completing the design, planning, permitting and construction process to bring the structure up to code so it is safe for program participants, Ascencia staff and the surrounding neighborhood.
Last June, the city received a state grant for more than $6 million to purchase the property and convert it into an interim housing program. By purchasing the Holloway Motel and converting it into interim housing, the city is making progress on the goals of its homeless initiative, created in 2016.
“The Holloway interim housing program is a collaborative, common-sense solution that responds to community needs,” Mayor Sepi Shyne said. “True stakeholder collaboration is key to the success of this program and we’re responding to the community’s priorities by directly addressing the issues related to homelessness.
“This paves the way for city governments to cultivate a nurturing, empathetic community that uplifts and enhances the quality of life for every community member.”
Community engagement remains a priority as the City progresses with the Holloway Interim Housing Program. The City’s Strategic Initiatives Division staff will continue engaging residents and businesses to share information about the project and its timelines.
The city’s homeless initiative addresses homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response, working in close partnership with nonprofit social services providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and Los Angeles County agencies.
For more information about the homeless initiative, contact Corri Planck at 323-848-6430.