The City Council this morning agreed to issue $6.2 million in bonds to help renovate a two-story brick building into a 36-unit Silver Lake housing complex for homeless and mentally ill tenants. A handful of Silver Lake residents came to speak against the loan request for the Vendome Palms Apartments, saying they were concerned about the impact on neighborhood safety. “I’m not a NIMBY but we already have three … of these facilities within walking distance,” said Kelly Spencer*, who lives a block away from the project near Vendome Street and Sunset Boulevard. “This is going to be a big one. How many of these do we have to have in our neighborhood? When is it going to end?”
However, another Silver Lake resident said moving the homeless off the street and into housing would make Silver Lake more safe, a point echoed by Councilman Eric Garcetti, who represents the area. Garcetti urged his fellow council members to vote in favor of the loan and told residents he would address their concerns.
* The spelling of names could not be confirmed off the video taped City Council proceedings.