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Defending City's Approval of 36-unit Affordable Housing Complex for Low-Income Seniors in Koreatown

Public Counsel's support for nonprofit housing developers is helping to create affordable homes for seniors and communities in need. Our client Little Tokyo Service Center builds affordable housing and provides community services in Los Angeles. In 2012, it obtained city approval to develop a four-story, 36-unit affordable housing complex in Koreatown for seniors with low incomes as well as social service space and community rooms. However, the project was threatened when three individuals filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles challenging the approvals for the project. Public Counsel recruited experienced Alston & Bird attorneys Nicki Carlsen, Rebecca Harrington and Andrea Warren, who represented Little Tokyo Service Center and defended the City’s decision to approve the project. Shiraz Tangri, who is now with Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, was also part of the team. They prevailed in trial and in the appellate court. Because of their dedicated efforts and brilliant legal strategy, this much-needed project will be able to move forward, and seniors with low incomes will have better access to vital housing and services.