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To understand how the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation begin, we need to go back to the incorporation of West Hollywood as a city in 1984. One of the most important issues driving the movement to incorporate West Hollywood, in the early 1980s, was many people's concern about their housing, and the affordability of their housing in particular. – more... Very much like today, the demolition of housing for expensive condominiums was common, as was the conversion of rental apartments to condos and rents were rising dramatically. After the founding City Council was elected, one of their first actions was to create a housing task force to look at a wide range of housing issues and report back to the Council with recommendations. Out of the recommendations of that task force came the City's Rent Stabilization ordinance and the Inclusionary Housing ordinance, which established the affordable housing trust fund. The task force also recommended creating a nonprofit housing development corporation to build and rehabilitate affordable housing in West Hollywood. In 1986, the City granted some seed money to pay for incorporating WHCHC, recruit a founding Board of Directors and get things moving. WHCHC was modeled on a well-established similar nonprofit, community-based development corporation in Santa Monica. To give credit to the City Council's commitment and vision, there are only a few community development corporations in California that were started at the behest of a city and receive direct local operating support. After incorporating, WHCHC's Board of Directors hired an executive director, and went looking for a first project. They found Fountain Ave #1, which was an old building, full of singles, built as worker housing in 1923 for the avocado farms in the area. It was in very bad shape. In 1988, WHCHC rehabilitated it with financing provided by the city, the county and one of the first allocations of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. At about this time, the executive director left the corporation and after the Board conducted a search and selection process, Paul Zimmerman became our new Executive Director. At the time, the rehabilitation of 7292 was finishing up, and our next task was to look for a second project. We were able to buy and rehab., a small 1920s bungalow courtyard on Detroit Bungalows. A year later, WHCHC started its third project, on Harper Avenue Partners, which largely targets senior households. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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