The Los Angeles-based real estate investment and strategy firm CGI Strategies has donated a 17,500-square-foot office building at 639 S. La Brea Ave. to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as a temporary base of operations for its homeless engagement team.
Engagement team members work with homeless residents by directing them to resources including shelters, transportation, counseling and health care. The space will provide a central gathering place for other similar community outreach teams that provide direct assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness, allowing more opportunity to coordinate efforts. Having a centralized location where team members in the area can meet to coordinate their daily efforts will be helpful, said Thomas Wong, coordinator of housing location for LAHSA.
“This donation from CGI Strategies is a perfect example of how the public and private sectors can partner to help our residents experiencing homelessness,” added Heidi Marston, chief program officer at LAHSA. “This space will provide our hard-working teams and community-based partners with a dignified shared work space where they can meet with clients and collaborate with their colleagues. We thank CGI Strategies for their generosity and look forward to working together again on future projects.”
CGI allowed LAHSA to begin using the property in December and the organization will remain there until June 30. LAHSA will use the property while plans are being formulated for a mixed-use development at the site with 14 units set aside for extremely low-income households and one unit set aside for a moderate-income household.
For information, visit lahsa.org.