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"Navigating Transitions in Life”, a Series of Educational Seminars

F O R  I M M E D I A T E  R E L E A S E

Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third Street, G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact: Jessica Kanai, 213-473-3035

“Navigating Transitions in Life”, a Series of Educational Seminars to be Held in Gardena, October 11, October 25, and November 15, 2014

A series of free educational workshop about navigating transitions in life will be held on Saturdays, October 11, October 25, and November 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. 

The workshop will encourage Asian American seniors, caregivers, and others who want to plan ahead for a healthy, active life, to begin a conversation on decision-making for the future. The presentations will take into account cultural factors involved in these choices and decisions for Asian Americans as we age. The program will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese.

On Saturday, October 11, a discussion will be held on How to Effectively Communicate with your Doctor. More and more, today's patients are playing an active role in their health care. Sayaka Weiss, MD, MPH Candidate, will advise how to best prepare for your doctor's visits to have your needs met and improve communication with your doctor. Get quick tips on how you can have an active role in making your health care decisions in partnership with your doctor.

Where we live and the kind of housing we prefer may change over time. If we have kids, we look for a house with lots of bedrooms and may choose the location based on the school district. Some people may choose to downsize after their kids are grown. Sometimes, a change in income after retirement affects our choice of housing. Still, others may choose to live in a community based on the availability of services and transportation. On Saturday October 25, Amy Phillips, the Director of Senior Services at the Little Tokyo Service Center will facilitate a discussion of various Senior Housing Options.

On Saturday November 15, our workshop titled Affordable Healthcare, will help to clarify the various insurance options that can be quite confusing. Three panelists from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice- LA, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and the Center for Health Care Rights will help to clarify health care options through Covered California, Medicare, and Medi-Cal.

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is located on 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247. Parking is available on the premises as well as in the surrounding neighborhood. Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar and open to all. To register, please visit the website www.LTSC.org and sign up, or call LTSC at 213-473-3035.

 
Grand Opening for the HFL Sequoia Apartments

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Takao Suzuki at (213) 473-1606
                                                  
Grand Opening Ceremony for “Green” Housing Development to provide permanent affordable housing for Low-Income and Homeless Adults with Mental Disabilities


(Van Nuys, Calif.) On June 13, 2014, the Homes for Life Foundation and LTSC Community Development Corporation celebrated the grand opening of the HFL Sequoia Apartments.  HFL Sequoia Apartments provide 24 housing units for low-income adults with mental disabilities, 12 of which are specifically set-aside for chronically homeless adults with mental disabilities.  The lack of permanent, affordable, supportive housing has been one of the main obstacles to stabilized lives for mentally disabled adults.   All units are affordable and range from 30% to 50% average median income.  Design of the HFL Sequoia Apartments integrates the unique and various Mediterranean architectural styles found in the surrounding neighborhood.  The development was constructed on a previously vacant lot, which had long been an eyesore in the community.  HFL Sequoia Apartments represents a high performing, energy efficient structure in the area and establishes a new precedent for what can be achieved in underserved communities in Los Angeles. The building was designed with many “green” elements and is targeting LEED Gold Certification. Some of the unique features include a permeable parking lot and bioswale, to help reduce and clean stormwater runoff, drought resistant landscaping, thermal solar water heating, recycling and LED lights throughout the building.  Taking full advantage of the mild Southern California climate, two rooftop terraces provide a serene yet secure outdoor environment for residents with shade trellises and raised planter gardens around the perimeter.
HFL Sequoia Apartments
In addition to providing quality housing, the development offers community and social service space to its residents.  On-site supportive services include life skills development, mental health counseling, crisis intervention, economic empowerment through linkages to employment and education, and networking for off-site mental health services.   A resident manager will also live on-site to assist residents capable of independent living.

HFL Sequoia Apartments would not be possible without funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the National Equity Fund, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.  The HUD 811 program provided almost $4.1 million in funding, the National Equity Fund provided $4.8 million in tax credit equity investment, and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority provided over $500,000 in funding for capital and services.  

“National Equity Fund is proud to partner with LTSC Community Development Corporation and Homes for Life Foundation to enable residents of the HFL Sequoia Apartments to live independently in a safe and stable home with vital social services,” commented Todd Fabian, vice president and regional manager at National Equity Fund, Inc., the development’s source of LIHTC equity. “It’s developments like Sequoia that make this industry so rewarding.”

HFL Sequoia Apartments
Development Team
Developer:  Homes for Life Foundation
Developer:  LTSC Community Development Corporation
Architect:  ONYX Architects
Consultant:  Nancy Lewis Associates, Inc.
General Contractor:  Ellias Construction Company, Inc.

Homes for Life Foundation was formed as a nonprofit housing and services agency in 1986, and is dedicated to establishing a network of permanent, affordable, supportive housing within the geographical boundaries of Los Angeles County for homeless and chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental disabilities.  The fundamental purpose of offering mentally disabled adults the choice of a ‘home for life’ is to prevent their downward spiral of despair and crises due to lack of the same.

LTSC Community Development Corporation is a non-profit community-based organization, which has been providing services for over 30 years to the greater Los Angeles community. Programs include senior services, assistance for victims of domestic violence, support groups, social services, child abuse and neglect outreach, emergency food and shelter assistance, affordable housing, youth programs and community economic development. 

 
“Preparing for Late Life Needs,” a Series of Financial Educational Seminars

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Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third Street, G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact: Jessica Kanai, 213-473-3035

“Preparing for Late Life Needs”, a Series of Financial Educational Seminars to be Held in Gardena, February 15, March 22, and April 12, 2014

A free series of educational workshop for Asian American seniors and their caregivers will be held on Saturday, February 15, March 22, and April 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. The event is free and open to the public and parking is also free. Titled “Preparing for Late Life Needs”, the workshop series will assist seniors and their adult children to begin a conversation on late life decision-making. The presentations will take into account cultural factors involved in the choices and decisions Asian American seniors need and their loved ones to make. The program will be presented in English with simultaneous translations in Japanese and Korean.

On Saturday, February 15, Long-Term Care (LTC) and Long-Term Care Insurance will be discussed. LTC such as extended stays in nursing homes or in-home caregivers are generally not covered by health insurance or Medicare. LTC insurance is one option for covering these costs. Brenda Bufford from The California Partnership for Long-Term Care, an innovative program of the State of California Department of Health Care Services, will address the California Partnership for Long-Term Care, ways to use LTC policies to plan for your future long-term care, and how these policies work with Medi-Cal.

Do you know what will happen to your property and possessions after you're gone? On Saturday, March 22, attorney Laura Narimatsu Wasserman, a partner in Nakahara & Wasserman, LLP will discuss the topic of Living Trusts. Learn about the importance of estate planning and tools such as living trusts at this workshop as we consider some of the most common legal issues together.

On Saturday April 12, our workshop titled Living Solo in Late Life, will explore ways individuals can find support, skills, and resources as they transition through late life. From day-to-day tasks to decision-making on larger life issues, navigating late life issues can be daunting, especially when you are on your own.

Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar and open to all residents throughout Los Angeles County. To make a reservation, please visit the website www.LTSC.org and sign up, or call LTSC at 213-473-3035.