On October 15, 2017 I was offered the opportunity to say a few words at the groundbreaking ceremony for The Dream @ Tamarind South, a 32-unit building at 1310 Tamarind Avenue.

These are the remarks I prepared:

There are over fifteen hundred people in Hollywood who are homeless.1 Fifteen hundred men, women, and children; fifteen hundred of our neighbors in this small community are without a safe place to sleep at night.

Even more of our neighbors are at risk of homelessness; housing in Los Angeles is the most unaffordable in the country.2

But with projects like this one that we can increase the supply of housing and mitigate the unaffordability crisis and homelessness crisis we are facing in Hollywood and in Los Angeles.

Projects like the Dream at Tamarind are a key part of keeping Hollywood an exciting, dynamic place where anyone can make it big.

Multi-unit buildings near job and transit centers allow lower-income families to live here in Hollywood, a region with excellent job and career prospects that are only getting better.

It allows them to work at those jobs without the long car commutes that cause smog, noise, traffic congestion, stress, time away from families, and roadway death.3

So on behalf of myself, my neighborhood, and the community at large I would like to thank the Strategic Legacy Investment Group and everyone else that has been involved in bringing this project and projects like it to Hollywood. Thank you, and we look forward many more.

  1. Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

  2. Curbed LA article on report from UCLA Anderson School of Management

  3. Housing Development Toolkit