Permanent Supportive Housing Through New Modular and Prefabrication Construction - Rancho Los Amigos Interim Housing

CEO Capital Projects

County Spending Category
1.1 Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness
Federal Expenditure Category
Long-term Housing Security: Affordable Housing
Project Launch Date
Anticipated End Date

Project Contacts

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Indicators & Metrics to Date

  • Number of Households Receiving Eviction Prevention Services (Including Legal Representation)
  • Number of Affordable Housing Units Preserved or Developed

Target Populations

Project Description

The economic pressures of the pandemic not only increased housing insecurity in numerous communities, but also presented significant dangers to the unhoused. While historically at risk, PEH have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. They are less able to reduce their risk of infection through simple practices available to the larger community, due to difficulties accessing running water for hand washing, maintaining social distancing, procuring protective gear, etc. In May 2022, the County reported over 18,500 cumulative cases of COVID-19 among PEH. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of deaths among PEH in LA County increased from 1,271 deaths in the year leading up to the pandemic (March 31, 2019-April 1, 2020) to 1,988 deaths during the first year of the pandemic (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021). While COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death during this increase – increases in overdoses, homicide, congenital heart disease, and traffic injury deaths were also observed – the pandemic likely exacerbated stressors already present in the lives of PEH, leading to increases in other causes of death. This project converts Rancho Los Amigos Building 601/602 at the Rancho Los Amigos North Campus to an 80-bed interim housing facility for people experiencing homelessness (PEH). Seventy-five percent of the targeted population will be clients with mobility issues or other physical disabilities who do not have a place to reside upon discharge from the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. This collaboration between the County’s Asset Management Branch and Department of Health Services (DHS) will serve some of the most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles County. Located in Supervisorial District 4, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center focuses on treating patients recovering from severe illnesses and/or lengthy stays in intensive care units. As such, the facility has played a pivotal role in helping Angelenos recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19. The district plans for this interim housing to be a temporary facility, for up to a three-year period, thereby addressing the strain on the existing interim housing supply created by the spike in homelessness stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The concrete structure of approximately 15,000 square feet will be converted to accessible dormitories with 80 beds (a 60/40 split of male/female beds), living space, laundry room, kitchen, various ancillary rooms, fenced courtyard, and administration/program support space to provide full wraparound services for residents. ARP funding helps to address a funding shortfall of $1.4M resulting from rising construction costs.

Goals & Objectives

Goal Description Decrease the Los Angeles County homeless population by adding 80 beds to the County supply of interim housing.

Objective Description -

Activity Description • Procurement of Job Order Contractor (six weeks): execute a work order for Job Order Contractor to deliver construction services for the project o First proposal review (three weeks) o Second proposal review (one week) o Final review and issuance of notice to proceed (two weeks)

Activity Description • Construction (six months): includes all activities that form part of the building and renovation/improvements. o Contract execution with subcontractors (two weeks) o Mobilization and setup (two weeks) o Products submittals and reviews/approval (four weeks) o Prepare building for construction and temporary utilities (two weeks) o Ordering and delivery of HVAC/Lights system (eight weeks) o Roof repairs (one week) o Fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems (eight weeks) o Internal lighting (three weeks) o Baths rooms/shower upgrades (four weeks) o Kitchen rework (one week) o Delivery and installation of HVAC systems (eight weeks) o Internal Finishes: painting, floors (four weeks) o Furnishing by DHS (three weeks) o Exterior improvements (three weeks)

Goal Description Ensure that people living in interim housing for people experiencing homelessness receive the services and support necessary to move into permanent housing and end their homelessness.

Objective Description -

Activity Description Project acceptance and closeout (one month): review and assurance that all project components are completed and the site is ready for operations. At closeout, the building is available for the Department of Health Services to take on the operations for the homeless housing facility at Rancho Los Amigos