Officials said Cedar Springs Apartments would also feature a 2,500-square-foot community center and a 10,500-square-foot retail building in the 1300 block of Palomares Avenue.
The project will have 25 units for low-income transitional-age youths, which is age 18 to 25, and 10 units for low-income families and one manager unit, said Charles Rich, executive director of David and Margaret Youth and Family Services.
Rich said Los Angeles County would help fund 10 unites and Tri-City Mental Health would help fund eight. Services will be provided by David and Margaret and Tri-City, Rich said.
The community building on site, which needs separate funding from the apartments and will be built later, will have a program manager and case manager to help provide services and respond to any of concerns by the clients on ground and also a place to provide therapy to clients, Rich said.
The 1.83-acre parcel is in the southern end of the David and Margaret campus.
Councilwoman Donna Redman said there would be cameras installed that would have a direct feed to the police department.
"That will help alleviate any concerns" about the project, Redman said.
Rich said David and Margaret would be the owners of the apartments that are being built on their property and have partnered with Amcal Multi-Housing, Inc. out of Agoura Hills to build the projects.
Darin Hansen, vice president of forward planning and entitlements at Amcal Multi Housing Inc., said the main goal for his partnership with David and Margaret was to help facilitate the design, entitlements and securing funding.
Hansen said the council's approval on Monday would push funding over the top so the company could apply to the Los Angeles County Housing Authority for funding.
If the funds are granted, the apartment part of the project could be under construction in December, Hansen said. Then construction would then take 12 to 13 months.
According to an Amcal information sheet, with the anticipated housing authority money, there is a total investment of $11 million with state of California housing tax credits, state of California Multi-Housing program funds, Los Angeles County Mental Health funds, Tri-City Mental Health Authority funds.
Councilman Robert Rodriguez said he wanted the project to succeed because it helped children and involved groups like Tri-City Mental Health and David and Margaret.
"That's neat," Rodriguez said. "We're concerned it doesn't cause La Verne any problems. But I wish you success."
"These are youth who don't really have any family support and really need someone to help them get on their feet and get a good job and an education," Rich said. "It's a great blessing for them."
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