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Nonprofit developer Hollywood Community Housing Corporation has started construction on the Paul R. Williams Apartments, a new affordable housing complex in South Los Angeles which incorporates the historic Angelus Funeral Home.

The project, which broke ground in May, is located at 1010 E. Jefferson in Historic South Central.  Plans call for 41 units of affordable housing, including 34 units of new construction and 7 units within the repurposed funeral home.

The mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom dwellings will be priced at the very low income level - catering to households earning 30 to 50 percent of the area median income.  According to the Los Angeles Wave, the project will also include supportive services for residents such as financial literacy workshops, after-school turoring and college mentoring.

The Paul Williams project is named after for the late architect Paul Revere Williams, who designed the Angelus Funeral Home and was the first African American elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The Angelus Funeral Home, an South L.A. institution for nearly a century, relocated from the 1010 Jefferson building in the early 1960s to its current home on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Completion of the affordable housing complex is anticipated in 2018.

Image via HCHC

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