December 2020 Update

Hello Neighbors,

We’d like to inform you that progress on Burbank Boulevard Senior continues. On September 16th of this year, Mercy Housing obtained its tax credit award from the State of California, a key financing element of the development. The State of California requires that all planning and financing be completed by the end of March. Given that deadline, we expect to break ground on this development in early Spring of 2021! Stay tuned for more updates in the New Year!

June 2020 Update

Hello Neighbors,

We want to let you know that work continues on Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing. As of June 15, Mercy Housing has formally submitted a joint application to the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) and to the Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) to secure Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the last financing piece for this development. We hope to hear back with a decision from the State of California on September 16th, 2020.

April 2020 Update

COVID-19 is impacting every aspect of our community and we wanted to give you an update about how these impacts are affecting the Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing development.  

During these uncertain times, you may be wondering about the status of this much needed senior housing.  Since affordable housing development has been deemed an essential function by Governor Gavin Newsom, we are pleased to inform you that we continue to move forward. We have, however, experienced some delay in the project schedule. This is due to the safety protocols that have affected workflow at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, as well as changes in the tax credit financing schedule at the State level. These factors are out of our control, but beginning construction as soon as possible remains our top priority. Currently, we are hoping to start construction in February 2021 at the earliest.  

Even in this challenging period, we continue to appreciate your feedback and questions. Please visit our comments section to continue the dialogue.

Gratefully, the Mercy Housing team.

Happy New Year from Mercy Housing!

Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing continues to progress.

The site has been fenced and plans are being developed to demolish the existing buildings.

Meanwhile, the work of submitting funding applications proceeds and several key commitments have now been confirmed. Architectural plans will continue to be advanced and the budget will be refined. In the next few months we will be better able to project the start of construction date and will post that information as we know it.

 In addition to this update, we have included a video on the recent opening of our Veterans’ Housing development In Colma California, Colma Veteran’s Village. Craig Newmark, the founder of Craig’s list made a generous donation to provide all of the furnishings for each of the 66 households. This is the thank you video which was sent to him. We hope you enjoy this brief visit to a very special place.

Acquisition of the Housing Site

Having acquired the site on October 16th, 2019, Mercy Housing is working with the City to completely vacate and secure the area. Signs will be posted soon. Stay tuned for next steps!

Approval from the City Planning Commission (CPC) of Los Angeles

Thank you to councilmember David Ryu of Council District 4 and staff, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, the Sherman Oaks Planning and Land Use Management committee, and our future neighbors. After 8 months of community engagement and outreach, as well as design planning, we are pleased to announce that the CPC approved the necessary entitlements for the proposed Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing. See the press release here and in the Information and Plans section of this website.

Our next steps in financing and construction planning will be posted here in the next month.

Thank you to all who offered their input, suggestions, and encouragement. The letters of support and testimonies at the commission were heartfelt and important. We appreciate them all as do our future residents.

Please Join Us!

Please join us!

This Thursday, August 8, is the next step toward approvals for Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing. The City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to review the Staff report, including the recommendation, and listen to testimony before acting on the entitlements requested. 

The meeting is scheduled for 8:30-2:00 pm. While the agenda is posted, we and all supporters need to be there as close to 8:30 a.m. as possible, since the Commission can rearrange the agenda on the day of the hearing.

It will be held at Los Angeles City Hall Council Chambers, in Room #340.

And once again, we thank you all for your support.

Thanks for the Support!

Thanks to everyone who attended the Hearing Examiner Hearing on July 16. We received feedback on the building design and requests for additional information to be included in the staff report. We will incorporate feedback prior to the Planning Commission scheduled for August 8. In the Information and Plans section of this website, we have posted the presentation made at the hearing as well as the Daily News article that followed the hearing.

There have also been some questions regarding the costs of construction, so we have included a copy of our earlier response to that question. It is included under Information and Plans as well as in the Frequently Asked Questions.

This brings us very close to receiving the final approvals for Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing. We are so grateful for the encouragement we have received so far and encourage you to show your support to the Planning Commission on the 8th. Now is the time! The agenda can be found here.

If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to support this much needed housing, please find the sample letters of support in the Information and Plans section of this website (also here: for organizations and for individuals). These can be printed and sent to the included address.

Next Steps!

Thanks for all your participation and input on shaping the plans for Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing.

The next step in the approvals process will be the Hearing Examiner’s Hearing beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 16. The hearing takes place in the First Floor Conference Room of the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, located at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91401. This is a public hearing where City Planning staff will take testimony from Mercy Housing and the Community to assist them in preparing a Staff Report with a recommendation on the related actions to the City Planning Commission (CPC). After July 16 we will send another update with the date, time, and location of the CPC hearing which is anticipated to be in August.

If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to support this much needed housing, please find the sample letters of support in the Info and Plans section of this website (also here: for organizations and for individuals). These can be printed and sent to the included address.

We thank you in advance.

Also, we have made some changes and additions to this website, so please take some time to review them. There is additional research in the Property Values section and new stories in the Stories and References section.

Thanks again for your interest.

Thank You Sherman Oaks!

On May 13, after 7 months of community discussions and neighborhood meetings, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) gave unanimous approval for the development of Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing. This new community will provide 54 apartments for our most vulnerable seniors, including those who have experienced homelessness, in a permanent supportive housing environment. Located near the corner of Burbank and Van Nuys Boulevards, the property will include a community meeting space and kitchen, offices for property management, resident services, and case managers, as well as a roof deck garden.

We’d like to thank everyone for the time and effort you dedicated to the conversations about this development. We are grateful for your feedback, opinions, and suggestions, and we will continue to seek your input. Please leave your questions and suggestions in the Comments section, and stay tuned for more news and milestones posted here.

Join us! Sherman Oaks Community Meeting, April 24th, 6:30PM - 8PM

Mercy Housing California will be hosting a meeting on April 24th, from 6:30PM - 8PM, at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center on 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys to discuss Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing.

We have been hearing great comments from the community, and our team is excited to help make Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing a reality, but we need your help! Please join us on April 24th to continue the conversation.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site We’ll also be posting a meeting recap so you don’t miss out on any new details.

Thank you!

Let's continue the conversation!

Thank you to everyone who has commented at the website so far! We have done our very best to respond to questions and comments in a timely manner. We appreciate your feedback which has helped us to gain a better understanding of the community’s interest in the development and to further refine the proposal. To continue the dialogue, we’ve added some new questions about:

Community Programming, Resources, and Volunteer Opportunities.

Click through these new topics in our Comments section and post your ideas to help us continually improve this new senior community. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Also, don’t forget to click on the section, Information and Plans, to find the basic Fact Sheet and the presentation from the February 4 Community Meeting.

Thanks for meeting with us! What’s next?

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting on February 4. If you missed the event, don’t worry, you can still tell us what you think by posting a comment!

To recap, during the meeting we presented information on Mercy Housing as an organization, shared the site plan and floor plans of the proposed apartment building, responded to questions about the management and resident services, and solicited input on the exterior “look” of the property.”

The PowerPoint presentation is included in the 'Info and Plans' section at the bottom of the page.

Good questions about parking, traffic, the relation of the building to neighbors’ yards, the resident population, security, and services to be offered were charted and many answers were provided. We look forward to our next community meeting in March when we will offer more comprehensive responses. In addition, we will be posting a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on this site in the next few weeks.

It was great to see such a good turnout and we really appreciated the community's thoughtful questions and suggestions and focus on serving those already in the community.

Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the comments section. Thanks!

Welcome to the Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing outreach site!

Thanks for visiting our new website! The purpose of this platform is to provide you with information on Burbank Boulevard Senior Housing development and to collect all of your feedback.

Please make yourself at home! Poke around to see what your neighbors are discussing and be sure to comment with your own ideas. Also hit the ‘Follow’ button to stay in-the-loop on all development updates. 

Everything posted here is sent straight to us at Mercy Housing California. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!