An image of a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Officials and organizers cut the ribbon for the Whittier Place II housing development in January 2024.

In early 2021, the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), a Rise Economy member based in Boyle Heights, initiated the construction of Whittier Place II. This project, completed last year at a cost of $24 million, is a 34-unit Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) complex designed specifically for unhoused veterans and other individuals with incomes ranging from 0% to 30% of the area median income. Whittier Place II serves as a sister development to Whittier Place apartments, an adjacent three-story building that includes 24 residential units.

The development of Whittier Place II was partly financed by a $12,250,000 construction loan from Umpqua Bank, facilitated through a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) with Rise Economy.

Whittier Place II offers extensive amenities to enhance the quality of life for its residents, including a large community room, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, a fitness room, roof terraces, a computer room, and a courtyard. In addition to the physical infrastructure, New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) provides essential wraparound services to the tenants. These services include case management, housing retention support, education on independent living skills, and employment services, ensuring a comprehensive support system for the residents.