National CORE’s Las Dahlias affordable housing community, an innovative transit-oriented development in East Los Angeles, began moving in residents in June. The community provides 78 homes, including 39 for residents who have experienced homelessness. A captivating mural created by an emerging local artist pays tribute to the rich heritage of East Los Angeles.

Residents have steadily moved into the community since the beginning of June – including Vincent, who was formerly homeless bouncing between the shelter and the tough streets of downtown Los Angeles.

“I’ve never had my own place, this is a big step for me,” he said. “Being on the streets for so long this place is a blessing – I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for August 14.

National CORE collaborated extensively with Los Angeles County and community partners to create the new development, which includes novel sustainability features. A special filter shields the building from freeway pollutants and a cleverly constructed outdoor stairwell is designed to encourage walking while providing convenient perches for residents to watch their children play in the central plaza.