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Nonprofit aims to create permanent housing solutions in SoCal with design, community in mind

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Arkady Shapiro was involved in two separate head-on car collisions that left him in a wheelchair. The long recovery and financial burden resulted in him being homeless for the last five years.

“It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of,” Arkady explained. “It was a very scary experience that I wasn’t prepared for.”

Last month, he became the first resident of Pointe on La Brea, a new, five-story, 50-unit, permanent supportive housing community.

“I almost didn’t believe it. It was almost too good to be true. That’s how significant it was,” Arkady said.

The Pointe on La Brea is brand new housing where an auto body shop used to be, but nonprofit EAH Housing thinks sometimes the best way forward is to take something old and make it new again.