The Affordable Housing Partnership for Artists seeks to provide people in arts and entertainment professions with the information and tools they need to access affordable housing, allowing them a stable platform from which to thrive and participate actively in their community. Affordable housing opportunities become available through government programs at the national, state and local levels, but the systems for obtaining this affordable housing can be difficult to understand and navigate. The Partnership will begin by engaging in education and outreach related to immediate affordable housing opportunities in LA’s Arts District and Downtown, creating a replicable strategy for other LA neighborhoods and beyond.
What This Website Will Do for YOU
Post notifications of upcoming affordable housing opportunities,
Provide descriptions of eligibility criteria and application processes, and
List the schedule of information sessions and workshops that will help you fully prepare yourself.
Please check back with us regularly!
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program.
Who Is Eligible for Affordable Housing?
Eligibility for government-subsidized affordable housing programs is restricted by household income. Every year, for each geographic area of the country, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets maximum income limits, based on percentages of the Area Median Income (AMI). To see the maximum limits for California, organized by county, click here. This will give you a general idea of income eligibility, but there are many factors that would affect the income limits of a particular building. Be sure to check the specifics for each building in which you are interested. Owners of government-subsidized affordable housing are also often allowed to set minimum income requirements and establish other tenant selection criteria in areas such as credit, financial history, and rental history.
Keep in mind that The Affordable Housing Partnership for Artists is not affiliated with the ownership, management, or tenant selection procedures for the developments listed on this website — our role is to make sure the arts and entertainment communities are aware of these opportunities in the private marketplace and help you prepare as well as possible to successfully navigate the application and tenant selection process.
Pacific Avenue Arts Colony
Applications are now available for the Pacific Avenue Arts Colony (Pac Arts), a new development in San Pedro. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2014. Occupancy is expected in early 2015.
Pac Arts is a mixed-use development that will provide 48 affordable apartments for artists, including six ground-floor live/work spaces.
Pac Arts is located adjacent to the thriving San Pedro Arts, Culture & Entertainment (SPACE) district. Building amenities include:
Professional-grade art studios
“Mess” workshop for heavy equipment
Soundproof music room
Computer room/graphic media center
Street-level gallery space
This apartment community is part of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program; therefore, the management is required to verify the income and assets for all applicants to determine their eligibility.
Click here to download the full application package, which includes information about eligibility criteria, rental preferences (including a preference for artists), the application itself, and an Artist Questionnaire, for applicants who want to be considered for the artist preference. To be considered for the artist preference, applicants must also provide a resume and/or examples from their portfolio (minimum of 3 examples) that showcase their art form.
Be sure to review all aspects of the application package carefully before completing and mailing your application!
If your application is selected for processing and you are invited for an interview at Pacific Avenue Arts Colony, you will need to present documentation of your income, assets, and other household information. Prepare yourself in advance by reviewing this Documentation Checklist.
Pacific Avenue Arts Colony: 339 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731 Developer: Meta Housing Corporation Property Manager: Western Seniors Housing Community Programs Provider: engAGE
If you would like to receive information about the Pacific Avenue Arts Colony, please call the building’s hotline at 310.802.2622.
This website will be updated with further details as they become available. Please check in regularly.
Parcel M Grand Avenue Apartments
Applications are no longer being accepted for affordable units at Parcel M Grand Avenue Apartments.
Parcel M Grand Avenue Apartments Rendering
Applications will be selected by random lottery from those that were correctly submitted by mail and postmarked on or before June 30, 2014. The lottery will begin on July 14, 2014. Occupancy is scheduled to begin in October 2014. You will be contacted if your application is selected in the lottery for review.
This article on LA Downtown News’s website provides an updated overview of the whole development.
One Santa Fe
Applications are no longer being accepted for affordable units at One Santa Fe.
88 applications will be selected by random lottery from those that were submitted either in person or by mail between June 16 and June 18. 2014. All remaining applications will be placed on an interest list for future availability. You will be contacted if your application is selected for review.
One Santa Fe Temporary Leasing Location:
255 South Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (213) 625-0150
For more information about retail at One Santa Fe and images of construction progress, take a look at this blog post on DTLA Rising. You may also want to check for updates at One Santa Fe’s Facebook page or on their official website.
Information sessions and workshops will be scheduled as new affordable housing opportunities become available.
The tips below will help you get a head start on preparing for any affordable housing opportunities that may become available in the future.
If you have not already done so this year, download and review your credit reports for free from www.annualcreditreport.com. If you apply to a subsidized, affordable housing development and are selected for an interview, you will need to be able to speak about your credit and financial history, addressing any issues and illustrating your financial responsibility. If there are any errors on your credit reports, file a dispute with the relevant credit bureau as soon as possible. This video on credit health from The Actors Fund provides helpful background.
Look over this checklist and begin collecting documentation. Some of these items may be requested if you are selected for an interview after the initial application stage.
If—like many in the arts and entertainment—you are self-employed, freelance, own your own small business, or are an independent contractor with sporadic income, collect documentation of all your income and expenses for the year to date, as well as for the past two-three years. Collect documentation of any evidence that your income will change in the future (such as signed contracts for employment or services).
Please note that we are receiving a large quantity of inquiries and it will be very difficult for us to respond individually at this time. Please take some time to download and review all the materials on this website before contacting us with your question. We will be updating our website regularly with new information.
The links below provide directories of existing affordable housing in Los Angeles County and City. Many have long waiting lists. You must contact the buildings directly to find out if they are currently accepting applications for their waiting list, what their eligibility criteria are, and the process for applying.