Star Apartments is an affordable rental development for extremely low-income individuals, most of them formerly homeless with special needs, in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles. Consisting of 100 studios and two one-bedroom apartments, Star is close to retail, markets, pharmacies, community centers, parks, health facilities and public transportation including rail and bus lines providing residents unlimited access to the greater LA area.
In order to control costs, the sponsor, Skid Row Housing Trust, decided to have the apartments built off-site and trucked to the location. Unlike other construction sites, a crane lowered prefabricated residences over an existing edifice. The result is 102 wood-framed modules affixed to a superstructure, saving months of construction work. Street level consists of a parking garage, commercial/retail and supportive services space. The second level includes a large dining area and kitchen, exercise room, restrooms, art room, computer lab, library and outdoor space with walking track, turf and basketball court, planters and seating area. The third level consists of four floors of residential space.
Skid Row Housing Trust provides an extensive range of services for people who are homeless and/or suffer from a mental or physical disability such as case management, individual and group counseling and alcohol and drug abuse counseling.
National Equity Fund® invested $19 million in LIHTC equity in Star Apartments.