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Sun Commons Affordable Apartment Complex Opens in Los Angeles

KFA Architecture Designed the North Hollywood Property To Assist With Social Workers’ Case Management

Affordable Apartment Complex

A recently enacted law in California is expected to accelerate the development of affordable housing like Sun Commons in North Hollywood. (KFA Architecture)

By Andy Peters

CoStar News

October 5, 2023 | 11:00 AM

A multifamily housing project for homeless and very low-income families in Los Angeles opened this week with design features intended to assist with the transition to a stable housing situation.

KFA Architecture in Los Angeles designed Sun Commons, at 6329 N. Clybourn Ave. in North Hollywood, California, to have social workers located on-site to assist with case management, according to the firm. The project also includes a community garden, a central courtyard and roof decks.

A recently approved California law is designed to accelerate the development of affordable housing in Los Angeles, which has some of the highest apartment rents in the U.S. The law exempts any affordable housing development that receives preapproval from city and county officials from obtaining certain environmental permits.

The Los Angeles apartment market has a 4.8% vacancy rate and an average monthly rent of $2,228, according to CoStar data.

Sun Commons was developed by a group of three nonprofit organizations that assist the homeless and low-income families with housing, job skills and health issues. The groups are Abbey Road, a North Hills, California-based affordable housing developer; Linc Housing, a Long Beach, California-based builder and developer of affordable housing; and Penny Lane Centers, which operates emergency shelters for abused and neglected children and families in Southern California. EAH Housing is the property manager.

The 103-unit Sun Commons, which opened this week, is located across the street from Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. The four-story property offers studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Half the units are reserved for recently homeless families and individuals and the other half is for families who earn less than the area’s median income, according to EAH Housing.

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