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Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Weingart Towers: Addressing Homelessness/ Community Health in a High-Rise

SPEAKERS
 
Jim Andersen
Chief Financial Officer, Chelsea Investment Corporation
 
Sonnet Hui
Vice President and Los Angeles Office General Manager, Project Management Advisors Inc.

Weingart Towers is a revolutionary new concept in addressing homeless. A partnership of Weingart Center and the Chelsea Partnership – a twin tower project of 382 units is the largest project addressing homelessness in Los Angeles. In the heart of the Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles - this high-rise project is core to the mission of the Weingart Center’s nonprofit mission “providing homeless individuals with the basic tools necessary to stabilize their lives, secure income, and find permanent housing. Weingart empowers/transforms lives by delivering innovative solutions breaking the cycle of homelessness. Homelessness is a basic community health issue with collateral impacts across the entire healthcare spectrum. In addition to providing affordable housing and transitional living facilities – the Weingart Center offers opportunities for residents to find medical care, mental health treatment, job development, addictions recovery - treatment for the whole person.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
 
1: Describe a process for planning high-rise affordable housing facilities providing needed services to homeless people stabilizing/rebuild their lives.
2: Articulate challenges associated with affordable housing projects with requirements for multiple funding sources and associated regulatory challenges
3: Describe the design needs of homeless people transitioning from homelessness - stabilizing their lives, securing income, finding permanent housing.
4: Describe the process for engagement of stakeholders, funding leadership and neighborhood/community organizations in support of this much needed model.