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Formerly Homeless Treasure Affordable, Dignified Housing in South L.A.

A new housing complex offers living space to nearly 100 homeless men, women and children. 

Irvin Dixon spent the last seven years living on the streets of Los Angeles. He slept on public benches and waited in long lines to recieve a meal. Today, by virtue of a collaboration of several local organizations, he has a home.

On Monday, the South L.A. Supportive Housing Program celebrated the grand opening of 56 units of permanent housing, which will give safe living for nearly 100 homeless people. For Dixon, this difference will create an immense change in his lifestyle.

"There's nothing better to provide anybody than a sense of dignity," Dixon said.

The units, which were formerly dilapidated but have since been renovated, are availalbe to men, women, and children. The residents pay 30% of their monthly income in rent. For Dixon, that is about fifty dollars a month.

The new housing is for people who frequently use county health resources, a requirement that helps create a more efficent delivery of care and resources. Officials say it is more effective to provide people with a living arrangement instead of covering medical bills.

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