Aloe Palm Canyon to Break Ground on 71-unit affordable community

PALM SPRINGS — Affordable housing for seniors is coming to Palm Springs. West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (WHCHC) and the city of Palm Springs will hold an official groundbreaking on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. for Aloe Palm Canyon, a new affordable housing project located at 1475 N. Palm Canyon Drive at Stevens Road.

Aloe Palm Canyon will include 71-units of affordable housing for seniors aged 62 and above when completed. 25 units will be permanent supportive housing for seniors experiencing or at-risk of
homelessness as provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s No Place Like Home Program (NPLH).

Following an open RFP process, the City of Palm Springs selected WHCHC’s proposal for the city-owned property in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood in 2020. The Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved the project the following year and included a significant city investment.
Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner, Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Bernstein, and City Councilmembers Ron
deHarte, Christy Holstege and Lisa Middleton will all attend. In addition, representatives from Riverside County, including Supervisor Perez’s office and Riverside University Health System will also participate.

Representatives from WHCHC including, CEO & President, Jesse Slansky, Director of Real Estate
Development, Anup Patel, and Project Manager for Aloe Palm Canyon, Joe Craer, will be in attendance.

WHCHC’s Board Chair, Karl Lott, will speak and Board Vice Chair, and part-time Palm Springs resident, Ryan Leaderman, will also participate. David Brinkman, CEO & President of DAP Health, will also speak.

Designed to honor the neighborhood’s midcentury modern heritage, Aloe Palm Canyon will be a
dramatic two-story structure with lush, desert-friendly landscaping. Plans call for an amenity-rich
environment and include a bright community room with a demonstration kitchen, a computer room, a
fitness room, laundry room and central outdoor open space. Offices and resident amenities will be
located along Palm Canyon Drive designed to activate the streetscape and to allow passive interaction
between residents and the activity along the street. WHCHC added a dog-friendly pit-stop following community input. Aloe Palm Canyon was designed by 64North.

As at all WHCHC affordable apartment communities, voluntary comprehensive supportive services will be available on-site and free of charge to all residents. WHCHC is pleased to partner with DAP Health (formerly Desert AIDS Project) to provide these critical services that keep people housed. The Riverside County Health Department will also provide specialized case management services that focus on support for those with special needs unique to people who experienced homelessness and those with physical and mental health challenges. These services support the residents of the 25 NPLH units.
West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (WHCHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community housing development organization. WHCHC has been building homes and providing services that move community members from insecurity to stability since 1986. WHCHC currently houses more than 1,200 residents in 785 units in 22 affordable apartment communities in three cities. WHCHC has four projects in development.

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