HFL Birch Grove Apartments is located in Norwalk, California on the grounds of Metropolitan State Hospital, adjacent to HFL Cedar Street Homes and HFL Elm Street Apartments. It opened its doors on March 21, 2007. Birch Grove was rehabilitated from a vacant historical building into 20 studio apartments for homeless persons with mental illness.
The apartments are fully furnished, with living room/ bedroom area and bath. There is a shared kitchen and dining area. There’s a guard gate at the main entry, visitor’s lounge, laundry, landscaped outdoor area, and marked parking.
Residents pay 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent. Residents are responsible for their own phone and utilities.
A part-time residential manager is responsible for routine maintenance. Qualified case managers meet with residents and assist them with locating community resources to meet individual program needs.
HFL Birch Grove Apartments was awarded the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) Project of the Year Award in the Special Needs Category for 2007. Birch Grove also received the 2008 National Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).