A groundbreaking event for the Renaissance Center took place recently at the site of a vacant lot, located on the 7th and San Pedro Street, in Skid Row, Los Angeles. The inauguration ceremony was hosted by the project’s developer, Healthy Housing Foundation and its founder, The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), to mark the start of a new low income housing project. Healthy Housing Foundation was created in 2017 for the sole purpose of providing affordable housing and this project would be it’s 13th affordable housing development in Los Angeles.
According to the hosts of the Renaissance Center’s groundbreaking ceremony, the statistics on homeless people in Southern California is not an adequate representation of the colored people. For this reason, the event was made to coincide with the weekend of Pastor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, in honor of his vision for human rights of the underprivileged, poor and homeless people, especially those of color.
The MPH, Domestic Vice President and member of AHF’s Board of Directors, Cynthia Davis also mentioned that honoring Martin Luther King’s Day during the groundbreaking demonstrates the ‘Fight For What Is Right’ vision of the AHF and their commitment to ending homelessness. A complete rendering of the new Renaissance Center was placed on display during the event and state officials like Assemblyman Miguel Santiago and LA City Councilman Kevin de Leon, also participated as speakers on that day
The Renaissance Center to bring 216 affordable housing units to Skid Row
The Renaissance Center will be repurposed into a 216 unit modular building, rising upto 15-stories; it will be situated adjacent a former 220-unit Madison Hotel, which was purchased by AHF and transformed into an affordable housing building in 2018. The new affordable housing project, on completion, will also offer extremely low-income housing and accommodate previously homeless residents within Skid Row, Los Angeles. Davis described the new modular high-rise development as yet another milestone in the history of the AHF and she also said that the AHF would continue to uphold Martin Luther King’s legacy of advocacy with the construction of this new affordable housing project.