A New Oasis for Homeless Veterans
On September 28, 2018, the LACDA joined The Salvation Army to celebrate the grand opening of The Salvation Army Donald & Priscilla Hunt Apartments at Bell Oasis (The Hunt Apartments). Located in the City of Bell, The Hunt Apartments is a 65-unit supportive housing development, serving formerly homeless individuals, many of whom are veterans.
The Hunt Apartments consists of two, three-story residential buildings. A third one-story building contains administrative, ancillary, and supportive service spaces, including a health care center. The Hunt Apartments is located across from the existing Bell Shelter, which operates as a transitional care facility for more than 300 men and women. Similar to the Bell Shelter, The Hunt Apartments offers its residents’ services that include life skills training, medication management and substance-use disorder related services, mental and physical health care, transportation, education, and employment and training services.
The Hunt Apartments is named after Donald and Priscilla Hunt who provided a generous donation to The Salvation Army. The late Donald Hunt was an army veteran who later became a real estate entrepreneur. His wife Priscilla describes him as a “generous and simple man” and one of his wishes was to donate funds to The Salvation Army to support their life transforming work. The LACDA provided construction and permanent financing in the amount of $2,572,750 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program and Homeless and Housing Program Funds. Further, all units, except the manager’s unit, are subsidized by Project-Based Vouchers from the LACDA.