Casa Heiwa

231 E.Third St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Completed 1996

Casa Heiwa – House of Harmony, in Spanish and Japanese to symbolize the multicultural mix of the project – is a $17.4 million mixed-use, 100-unit new construction project completed in September 1996. Casa Heiwa represents the first family housing built in Little Tokyo in over 50 years. Casa Heiwa also houses on-site social services, a childcare center, a computer- learning center and recreational facilities. In 2011, LAHD funded a $250,620 energy retrofit of Casa Heiwa that included lighting, plumbing fixtures and refrigerators for all apartment units, on-site laundry machines, lighting and sensors for the common area as well as motors for air movers in the parking garage. In 2012, LAHD will provide an additional $459,000 for heat pumps in both apartment and commercial spaces as well as a new boiler

Unit Mix

100 units (20 studio units, 23 one-bedroom units, 18 two-bedroom units, 26 three-bedroom units, 12 four-bedroom units, 1 two-bedroom manager’s unit)


Low-income households (35 - 50% AMI).

Development Team

Lead Developer LTSC CDC
Community Partner / Co-Developer N/A
Equity Partner California Equity Fund and National Equity Fund
Architect Togawa & Smith, Inc.
Contractor Morley Construction Company

Project Financing

Predevelopment / Acquisition

    • James Irvine Foundation

Construction / Permanent

    • Bank of America
    • California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
    • Century Freeway Housing Program
    • Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
    • Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
    • Weingart Foundation