Stop 4-Story, Non-Sober Housing near 3 schools on Lincoln Blvd/Venice!

Stop 4-Story, Non-Sober Housing near 3 schools on Lincoln Blvd/Venice!

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Venice Neighbors started this petition to Councilman Mike Bonin and

Venice Community Housing has proposed a development as an expansion of Safe Place for Youth on Lincoln Blvd in Venice.  This development exceeds the height of the surrounding neighborhood, with an extreme lack of parking, units so expensive that only a small fraction of people will be helped, with no sober living next to 3 schools. Please let your voice be heard and sign this petition to oppose this project! 
 
Lincoln Apartments - Fast Facts
- 4 story building, an expansion of Safe Place for Youth on Lincoln Blvd.
- 40 units, with up to 98 residents
- Permanent supportive housing for 18-25 year olds
- Only 6 parking spaces for residents, guests, staff, and volunteers
- No sober living requirement
- Cost to build is $500,000 per unit, for a total of $20 million (paid for by taxpayers)
- Lot would encompass current SPY property, along with Euro-Tech Motors next door (funding has not been acquired yet for this lot)
- Expanded SPY services and operations on ground floor
- Rent is 30% of income, will not evict anyone past age 25
- The building would remain affordable supportive housing for a minimum of 55 years
- Cannot prioritize Venice homeless
- No traffic studies are required
- Construction would last about 18 months
 
Argument against Lincoln Apartments
SCALE & DENSITY – This project is not consistent with the existing development and urban character of the surrounding area because the building exceeds the height of the adjacent developments, as well as the density.  The density bonuses for this project set a dangerous precedent for all of Venice.  It is completely out of scale and will affect an old sewer system, among other utilities, as well as traffic, which is out of control on this stretch of Lincoln Blvd.
 
PARKING  - Current plans contain only 6 spots for residents, guests, staff, volunteers, and for events. If the goal is for tenants to get their lives stabilized, this very likely will come with getting vehicles, which need parking spaces. This is permanent housing. The project needs parking spaces for all the residents, guests, staff, and volunteers. Currently, SPY doesn’t use their own parking lot for parking. On the invitation for their last event, they advertised for guests to park on Garfield Ave.
 
THIS IS NOT COMPASSIONATE - Building expensive apartments on expensive land is not how you help the most homeless people.  At current rates of spending, the City will deliver fewer than 6,000 of the 10,000 supportive housing units it promised Prop HHH voters in 2016.  The units at Lincoln Apartments will cost approximately $500,000 each to build! 40 units costing about $20 million dollars is not workable economics for a problem that encompasses nearly 60,000 homeless people in LA County. There simply is not enough money in the budget to help every homeless person receive a $500,000 apartment (we would need $30 billion to do that). Helping a tiny fraction of people is not compassion. There are more efficient ways to help the most homeless people without impacting communities. 
 
LOCATION MATTERS - Not Safe Place for Our Youth
Of course, we do not want people living on the sidewalks, but living near 3 schools (St. Mark’s, Coeur d’Alene, and Young Minds Preschool) and a neighborhood of families without sober living, is not acceptable. Helping some people at the expense of a community full of children is not benevolence.SPY offers drop in services/meals and people are not screened to see if they are pedophiles, sex offenders, and/or criminals – and as you can see from the map, they are literally right next to where children go to school.  Those children, as well as children in the neighborhood, can attest to stepping over needles, vomit, feces, urine, passed out humans, encampments, and drug use surrounding the building and in our neighborhood. It’s illegal to sleep in your car within a block of a school, it’s illegal to have a liquor store or pot dispensary within 600 feet of a school, yet you can have housing and services for people with mental and drug issues, right next to three schools.  That is irresponsible and dangerous. 
 

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