Last spring, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was teaming up with developer Abode Communities to build workforce housing that would be open to its employees as well as local families. The project, called Selma Community Housing, is nearly complete now—and all units are already spoken for.
Megan Folland, a rep for Abode Communities, tells Curbed that Abode received a staggering 2,383 applications in all for the complex’s 66 apartments, so it’s no surprise that all of the units are leased up.
The one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments at North Cherokee and Selma are income restricted, meaning tenants must earn from 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income to qualify for a unit. Sixty percent of all its units are for LAUSD workers who meet the income restrictions. (With the income restrictions, it’s unlikely a full-time teacher could qualify to live here, an LAUSD rep tells Curbed.) The remaining 40 percent are for local families who also meet the financial requirements.
Rent is based on income for all the units. According to materials provided by Abode, a one-bedroom apartment might rent from anywhere between $676 and $909, based on the amount of money the tenants make. A two-bedroom could rent for up to $1,120, and three-bedroom units would rent for up to $1,295.
The complex include a computer lab, an on-site laundry room, an exterior courtyard, and a communal sixth-floor terrace. There’s also underground parking for residents—one space per unit—and some additional parking spaces for use by LAUSD employees (there’s a public elementary school across the street).
The complex is hosting its grand opening November 3.