Willow Tree Permanent Supportive Housing Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Los Angeles County
Document Title
Willow Tree Permanent Supportive Housing Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Willow Tree Permanent Supportive Housing Project (proposed Project), located in the City of Compton, California, at 1919 West Artesia Boulevard, would convert an existing interim housing facility to a permanent supportive housing facility. On December 20, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, acting on behalf of the County of Los Angeles, authorized the Department of Health Services to issue funding for the Project. The proposed facility would provide housing units for persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) or individuals who are at risk of homelessness. This would require minor interior and exterior renovations consisting of upgrading and/or replacing an existing chain link fence; replacing parking lot asphalt, reducing vehicle parking from 68 spaces to 58 and adding bicycle parking (51 long-term and 11 short-term); replacing concrete walkways to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, installing a new heating and ventilation system; replacing windows, drywall, and ceiling wood beams; adding a kitchenette to each housing unit; improving site drainage; replacing water system piping; and installing a fire alarm system. The proposed Project would also relocate an existing transformer, install electric vehicle charging stations for two parking spaces and electric vehicle charging conduit for seven parking spaces, and install a new building identification sign. No new landscaping would be added, but any damage to irrigation lines and/or existing landscaping that occurs during Project implementation would be repaired. The existing Willow Tree Interim Housing facility can accommodate 100 residents, with each housing unit limited to a single occupant. The existing facility operated at 100% occupancy between November 2000 and February 2022. Under the proposed Project, the Willow Tree Permanent Supportive Housing facility would also accommodate 100 residents. Each housing unit would be restricted to individual occupants with an income that is a maximum of 30% of the median income in the City of Compton. To ensure affordability of the housing units, residents would be required to pay rent at a rate that is no more than 30% of their income. The facility would be subject to a covenant requiring that it remain affordable for a 55-year term. Willow Tree Interim Housing Facility currently employs 41 individuals. This would be reduced to 9 staff positions under the proposed Project. The People Concern is the Project sponsor and would serve as both the developer and the facility operator. There would be no increase in the occupancy capacity of the facility. Operational activities would be slightly reduced due to the reduction in the number of onsite employees.

Contact Information

Deborah Lever
Agency Name
County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services
Job Title
Housing for Health Program Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Other Location Info
1919 W Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90220

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 21080.50 Interim motel housing, including supportive housing.
Reasons for Exemption
See Attachment A, which is incorporated into the Notice of Exemption.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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