HFL Elm Street Apartments is located in Norwalk, California on the grounds of Metropolitan State Hospital, adjacent to HFL Cedar Street Homes and HFL Birch Grove Apartments. It opened its doors on March 14, 2007. Elm Street was rehabilitated from a vacant historical building into 14 studio units for homeless mentally ill persons, and one one-bedroom manager’s unit.
The units are fully furnished, with living room and bedroom area. There is a shared kitchen, dining area and bathrooms. 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.
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 Elm Street Apartments was awarded the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) Project of the Year Award in the Special Needs Category for 2007. Elm Street also received the 2008 National Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).