History

Since its founding in 1989, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation has literally changed the face of Hollywood and surrounding communities. Neighborhoods disfigured by blight and crime have been revitalized by HCHC's vibrant new housing complexes and restored historic properties.


By the 1980s, the area immediately surrounding the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine had deteriorated beyond recognition. Increasing numbers of low-income families were faced with a dire shortage of affordable, adequately-sized housing. Too often they were crammed in inappropriate quarters. Historic properties, many evoking Hollywood's history, were targeted for demolition by developers bent on replacing them with lucrative but lower-quality buildings.

Recognizing the destructive trend underway, former Council member Michael Woo, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles Community Design Center marshaled the resources of long time community leaders, historic preservationists and concerned Hollywood residents. The result of this effort was the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC).

A volunteer board of directors led agency operations for the first two years. In 1991, the organization hired its first full-time staff member and began work on its first development, the rehabilitation of the historic Nelson Dunning House and new construction of 24 adjacent units of affordable housing.

Since then HCHC has developed 21 more housing complexes, creating over 700 units of safe, attractive and centrally-located affordable housing. Two HCHC properties are designated for seniors and disabled seniors, 63% of HCHC's units are designated for families, 37% for individuals and 30% for disabled and/or formerly homeless households.

In 1999, HCHC expanded its mission to provide a wide range of Supportive Services for residents. This effort has been so successful that we maintained the highest success rate among grantees of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) for housing stability among special needs clientele in permanent housing. As a result, HCHC was chosen by HACLA to participate in a HUD-sponsored research project for the purpose of developing a 'best practices' manual. 

The history of HCHC is one of growth and change, of combating decline, and working with people of all ethnicities, ages, income levels and abilities to build a strong, vibrant and prosperous community.