The Actors Fund press release:
September 16, 2021
The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 9 to celebrate the newly renovated Palm View Apartments in West Hollywood .
Participants included: Lindsey Horvath, Mayor of the City of West Hollywood; The administrator of the Actors’ Fund and President of the Western Council David Rambo; Emilio Salas, executive director of the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA); Kingdom Development, Inc., vice president of finance Grant Stephens; MFRG-ICON Project Manager Ron Britton; Vice President, Community Development Banking Services at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Eri Kameyama; Lauren Meister, Mayor of the City of West Hollywood, Pro Tempore; John Erickson, City Councilor for the City of West Hollywood; and Sepi Shyne, City Council Member for the City of West Hollywood, to celebrate this milestone achievement for its residents in need.
The Actors Fund purchased The Palm View Apartments in November 2018 for residents with a professional background in the performing arts and entertainment community who have been diagnosed with a permanent disability. The Palm View opened in 1998 to provide affordable housing for people living with AIDS, but expanded its mission in 2015 to serve people with disabilities and special needs.
The renovation included updates to the property to make the units as well as common areas more accessible to its residents, ensuring that all units meet current regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are now 5 fully ADA compliant units on the property, designed specifically for wheelchair users. The remaining 34 units are ADA adaptable and can be modified to meet the needs of current and future residents with various disabilities and special needs.
“The Actors Fund is proud to have safely completed a $ 17.8 million renovation of The Palm View,” said Joe Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors Fund. “These improvements dramatically improve the well-being and daily lives of our residents, and provide additional accessibility and amenities to meet the needs of our current and future residents with various disabilities and special needs. We are very grateful to all who have supported this crucial project for some of our most vulnerable members of the entertainment community in West Hollywood. “
As part of the renovation, all of the one-bedroom units and one of the 2-bedroom units are subsidized through the Section 8 project-based voucher rental assistance program provided by the LACDA, to ensure that the complex accommodates the people who need it most. financially, and that rents will remain affordable for tenants.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being chairman of the Actors Fund Western Council is getting a glimpse of the incredible work the Fund has done to support so many people in the entertainment industry,” said David Rambo. “I am delighted that the renovations to the Palm View are officially complete and that residents with special needs can safely live among others in the community who understand both the unique challenges and triumphs of a life in the community. arts. “
The project involved a complete renovation of every unit, including new bathrooms and kitchens with all new appliances, counters and cabinets. All units were painted, light fixtures updated, and residents had a choice of 3 different flooring colors. New HVAC systems were installed in each unit, along with windows to meet environmental standards. The whole building has been refitted.
The Palm View Community Room, which hosts events and programs for residents, has been completely redone with a new kitchen, bathroom, and mailbox. The second floor of the community hall now features a redeveloped computer lab and a private office for the complex’s full-time on-site social worker. The elevator and laundry room have been modernized and the camera system has been replaced for added security. Although no major changes could be made to the facade of the building as elements of the historic property had to be preserved, the building was repaired where necessary and updated with new paint, new roof and a drought resistant landscaping.
Emilio Salas, Executive Director of LACDA, said: “The renovation of The Palm View apartments represents a collective effort to improve accessibility and affordability of units for performing arts and entertainment professionals. With these changes, we hope to bring the same smiles and pleasure to the talented residents of The Palm View Apartments as they once gave to others. “
“It’s wonderful to see The Actors Fund make this project a reality,” said Lindsey P. Horvath, Mayor of the City of West Hollywood. “The Palm View, with its three residential buildings and a beautiful outdoor courtyard, includes 40 serviced housing units for low-income people with special needs. It was one of the first projects of its kind to provide housing. specifically for people living with HIV / AIDS The Actors Fund’s commitment to providing case management, referrals to local resources, counseling and community development activities is exactly what our city needs. ‘ve had the pleasure of visiting The Palm View regularly during my volunteer work with Project Angel Food, and particularly enjoy communicating with residents to ensure their needs are met. The City of West Hollywood is deeply committed to development and preserving affordable housing, and we are pleased to be working with The Actors Fund to support affordable housing opportunities at The Palm View. “
Residents of The Palm View Apartments have started using the newly renovated space. This past July, residents gathered for a safe July 4th picnic in the courtyard, wearing masks and staying socially aloof while enjoying the new barbecue grills and patio furniture. The Palm View also brought back its art class in person, and residents now meet weekly in the courtyard to paint and socialize.
“We are very grateful to the City of West Hollywood (WEHO) and the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) for their commitment to these comprehensive and beautiful renovations to the Palm View,” said Keith McNutt, Executive Director of the Palm View area. ‘Where is. from the Actors’ Fund. The project team, led by Actors Fund CFO Connie Yoo, the MFRG-ICON Kingdom development and construction partner, overcame unprecedented obstacles throughout 2020, but never wavered. in his dedication to improving buildings that benefit not only current residents, but all those to come. “
“LA County just doesn’t have enough apartments that workers can afford,” said Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County supervisor. “This is why the renovation of The Palm View is so important, because it means that nearly 50 residents of West Hollywood will continue to have a decent and affordable place to feel at home for years to come.”
The Palm View’s $ 17.8 million renovation project began in 2019, and amid the challenges and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, was completed at the end of 2020. This project was made possible through a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and partners who provided funding in a variety of ways: LACDA, WEHO, RBC Community Investments and Chase Community Development Banking.
Eligibility requirements for apartments at The Palm View are based on an employment history in the arts, a diagnosis of permanent disability (applicants must receive disability benefits) and annual income criteria established by the federal government.
For more information on The Palm View, please visit: Actorsfund.org/PalmView
This press release was produced by The Actors Fund. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.