Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell lead his colleagues in a unanimous vote that will clear funds for Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood and its supportive service program for the homeless.
The Center at Blessed Sacrament is a non-religious, non-profit organization that had been working with the former Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on utilizing funds for rehabilitation of The Center.
Due to the dissolution of the CRA, the funds are now being transferred to the City and the City’s Economic Development Department will execute a contract with the Center.
"I can't think of a better way to spend CRA funds than to help provide supportive services at The Center," said O'Farrell after the vote this week. "The funds will be used to help renovate The Center's facilities and provide everything from food, showers, computer literacy, support groups and connections to other key services such as housing."
"The Center at Blessed Sacrament is where the homeless are transitioned to housing in collaboration with professional partners providing mental health, housing, and personal development services," said Dr Yolanda Brown of Blessed Sacrament. "It's a place where homeless have a sense of belonging and community. I am thrilled to be working with the Councilmember and look forward to our successful partnership."
Renovations at The Center are expected to start in the Winter of 2015.