PETITION TO STOP LARKIN PLACE
A 33-UNIT PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT PROPOSED BY JAMBOREE HOUSING CORP
THE UNDERSIGNED CITIZENS OF CLAREMONT BELIEVE THE CITY, PILGRIM PLACE,
AND JAMBOREE HOUSING CORP HAVE NOT FULLY CONSIDERED THE BEST INTEREST AND
SAFETY OF CLAREMONT CITIZENS IN THEIR SUPPORT OF LARKIN PLACE,
A 33-UNIT, FOUR-STORY PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT.
Permanent Supportive Housing1 is specifically for tenants with a diagnosable disability (including serious mental illness, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, cognitive impairments resulting from a brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability)”.
Los Angeles County’s Coordinated Entry System2 prioritizes placement of persons with the most severe chronicity of homelessness and greatest vulnerability to early mortality or high utilization of crisis services. Jamboree has confirmed that Claremont’s current homeless cannot be given preference.
Projects funded through LACDA3 are intended to “help combat homelessness, meet the housing needs of their communities, and assist in the alleviation of local blighting conditions”. This project IS NOT expected to help combat homelessness (for Claremont residents), WILL NOT meet the housing needs of our local community, and WILL NOT assist in the alleviation of blighting conditions as the area is not blighted.
Housing First funding4 allows the use of illegal drugs and all counseling and treatment therapies are optional. There are no plans for onsite security personnel or property manager backup. Residents are allowed unvetted overnight, guests, and there are no provisions to protect the neighboring park and community from spillover effects of drug use and supply, prostitution, assaults, thefts and vandalism that are known to occur surrounding similar projects, including similar Jamboree projects.
Larkin Park playgrounds, Joslyn Senior Center, El Roble Intermediate School, and Claremont Baptist preschool are within unsafe (600-foot) proximity. State requirements for school location specifies avoiding their placement in “proximity to social hazards such as drug or alcohol abuse”.5
The City neglected to perform “a thorough analysis of the economic, social, and environmental effects” of this project or evaluate whether the project would have a specific “adverse impact on the public health or safety” prior to approving the funding and site plan.6
FOR THE ABOVE REASONS THE CITY OF CLAREMONT AND COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES SHOULD WITHDRAW AND REJECT FURTHER SUPPORT OF THIS PROJECT.
HOUSING, YES!! – LARKIN PLACE, NO!!
1 PSH –https://unitedtoendhomelessness.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Orange-County-Cost-Study-Homeless-Executive-Summary.pdf
2 CES Scoring – https://cceh.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/SPDAT-v4.0-Manual.pdf
3 LACDA Nofa 27 https://www.lacda.org/docs/librariesprovider25/affordable-housing-programs/multifamily-rental-housing—nofa/round-27-documents/nofa-27-guidelines.pdf?sfvrsn=208262bc_0https://www.lacda.org/affordable-housing/multifamily-rental-housing-nofa
4 Housing First- California Welfare and Institutions Code § 8255 (2021) :: 2021 California Code :: US Codes and Statutes :: US Law :: https://law.justia.com/codes/california/2021/code-wic/division-8/chapter-6-5/section-8255/
5 School Location https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/documents/sitecrit.pdf
6 CA Gov Code §65589.5 https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/government-code/gov-sect-65589-5.html
Jan 25 City Council https://claremontca.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1542
Jan 26 Architectural Committee https://claremontca.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1543
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The four story $22 million dollar apartment complex at $700,000 per studio apartment pitched as “affordable housing”. Jamboree has never had a special needs only housing project in residential neighborhood right next to schools and a park. This will be a first for Jamboree Special Needs housing.
We are a diverse collection of neighbors, residents and concerned citizens trying to shed light on a $3.2 Billion Dollar Orange County Developer’s plans for Harrison Ave. a.k.a. “Larkin Place”.
We came together organically after we learned a lot more about this “supportive housing” project than what was being revealed by the City, Developer Jamboree and even the Courier and other housing groups.
We are very concerned about the lack of transparency, due diligence and consideration for Claremont residents who will be directly affected. We are not taking a stand against affordable housing, just raising the issue that an unsupervised and untreated mental illness and drug addicted population is not a good fit at this location and $700,000 for a 300 sq ft studio apartment is not affordable housing.