In 1998, Thai seniors from the Thai Golden Years Club, the largest Thai senior club in Los Angeles County, expressed their needs for affordable senior housing in North Hollywood area. Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) responded by looking into senior housing condition in the area by conducting a need assessment and a survey in its surrounding areas. The results from these studies indicated that there was a significant lack of low-income apartment for seniors. In addition, existing senior housing projects in this area have a vacancy rate less than 1.5% and have large waiting lists.
With this information, Thai CDC approached Little Tokyo Service Center CDC (LTSC CDC) and in 2003, LTSC CDC purchased the current site after years of site searching. This site is located close to the Wat Thai Temple, the largest Thai Buddhist Temple outside of Thailand, in the heart of a growing Thai Community in the San Fernando Valley, and is ideal for affordable senior housing because of its proximity to public transit, services and amenities. Located at 9050 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in the Sun Valley district of the City of Los Angeles, Palm Village Senior Apartments is a 60 unit affordable senior housing facility.
The project sponsors are LTSC CDC and Thai CDC, with LTSC CDC serving as the lead developer and Managing Partner in charge of project development, and Thai CDC being primarily responsible for delivery and coordination of services for the seniors resident, which will include case management for residents, information and referral to local and specialized services, organizing a Tenant Council, and coordination of social, recreational, and wellness-related activities on site. Placed in service in the Spring of 2008, the $10.7 million project targets seniors making 35% and 50% average median income. This project includes common areas, a community room, social service space, on-site parking, landscaped courtyard and a community garden.