Sunday, May 06 2012

Villas at Gower to Serve Homeless Adults and Families


Conceived as a “campus of hope” for the homeless, the Villas at Gower has opened in Hollywood, serving both families and individual adults with special needs.  Jointly developed by A Community of Friends (ACOF) and PATH Ventures, the project offers permanent supportive housing and will be closely monitored by both the City and County because of its trend-setting nature, noted Dora Leong Gllo, ACOF CEO.

The $30 million residence, at 1726 N. Gower Street, will provide on-site services overseen by PATH Ventures and will include case management, employment and training services, parenting classes, independent living skills, after-school tutoring and nutrition and cooking workshops.

Off-site medical and mental health services will also be provided to residents, said John Molloy, PATH Executive Director.

Comprised of 15 studios, 20 two-bedroom and 35 one-bedroom units, the four-level building also includes a community room and art gallery for tenants to display their work.  Organized around a large central courtyard, the building also features a trellised roof deck and covered terrace, providing a variety of outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy, noted Wade Killefer, KFA principal.

Clad in metal panels, plaster and composite wood siding, the carefully articulated building elevations include floor-to-ceiling windows and perforated corrugated metal sunshades.  Rooftop panels for a solar hot water system will contribute to the project’s achieving a LEED Platinum rating.

Besides its unusual campus setting and attractive design, ACOF’s Gallo added, The project will create permanent housing rather than the usual interim housing provided to homeless people.  The villas will also offer services to help residents learn to live independently.