On 10-26-2018, the LAHSA Commission authorized the Executive Director to enter into a lease with the State of California, Department of General Service to lease the Sylmar Armory; and further authorized the Executive Director to enter a sublease with LA Family Housing. The project consists of renovation, upgrade, operation and maintenance activities associated with the existing state owned Sylmar Armory. The project includes reuse of the Sylmar Armory as a year round women's shelter (with 85 beds, 40 of which would be bunk beds for total occupancy for 125 women). The Sylmar Armory is currently used (since 1996) as a 170-bed winter-month (Dec. through March) mixed gender homeless shelter. During non-winter the site is currently used as a recruitment facility by the National Guard.
Interior improvements include upgrading of mechanicals systems, installation of sprinklers, upgraded HVAC, new windows and retrofitting of plumbing to ADA Standards. Partitions would be constructed to provide for counseling offices, sleeping areas, a warming kitchen, office space and other areas. Outdoor space on the property would be renovated to include native landscaping, lighted pathways, shade structures, storage, fencing, pet exercise, out door furniture, a river rock swale, installation of two fire hydrants and new asphalt in the existing parking area.