About Us

ABOUT US

Our Mission

Established in 1989, Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit, public benefit corporation, dedicated to expand, ensure the long-term affordability, and preserve the supply of decent affordable housing in the City and County of Los Angeles for low income households and the homeless.

Our Accomplishments

Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc. (LAHP) has an extensive real estate development track record that includes new construction of rental housing, major rehabilitation, historic preservation, mixed-use, community facilities and commercial/retail development, as well as the development of for-sale single family residences.

As of July 2009, LAHP has leveraged over $52.5 million in public financing, $29 million in conventional permanent debt, over $55 million in investor equity and over $2.2 million in the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) as well as other grants and awards for the acquisition and development of approximately 1,200 units of affordable housing, 50,000 square feet of retail/ office/ community space and 8 homes.

In addition to its core mission statement, LAHP is focused on the integration of sustainable development building methods, smart growth community planning practices, 100% smoke-free environments, and the provision of life enhancing social services such as financial literacy, on-site workforce training, and elder care.

Joining the fight against hunger, in 2000 LAHP was approved as a distributing agency of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. As a result LAHP has managed and operated four successful Food Distributions in Hollywood, MacArthur Park, and Pacoima that serve over 4,000 households every year.

Awards

As a testament of its achievements in excellence, LAHP has been honored with the following accolades:

CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE

2009 Sustainability Showcase Award, Los Angeles Housing Partnership

U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

2008 LEED for Homes Pilot Demonstration, Rosewood Gardens Senior Apartments

ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS

2007 Green Communities Award, Bronson Court

ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS

2007 Green Communities Award, Seven Maples

CITIBANK

2005 Community Star Award, Los Angeles Housing Partnership

CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD, HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

2005 Historic Preservation Award, Fire House No. 7

CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION

2002 Design Award, Bryson Apartments

LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY

2001 Preservation Award, Bryson Apartments

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFIT HOUSING

2000 Project of the Year Award, Bryson Apartments

Our Staff

Vivian Ramirez – Interim Executive Director/Asset Management

Vivian Ramirez joined LAHP in Mach 2018 and brings 20 years of experience in the affordable housing and property development sectors. Prior to joining LAHP she served as Chief Operating Officer for Affordable Living for the Aging and was responsible for all internal operations, regulatory compliance and program management spanning 11 residential properties throughout Los Angeles. Under her helm, the organization grew to 15 employees who supported over 12 properties and 500 homeless and low-income seniors each year with permanent housing, supportive services and in-home care.

Prior to joining ALA in 2010, Vivian served as the Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO for L.A. Family Housing Corporation, a non-profit agency whose operations spanned three homeless shelters, 18 permanent affordable housing complexes and over 100 employees.

Current and past affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), California Apartment Association and Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing.

Vivian is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received both a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business.

Ruben Grigorians – Chief Financial Officer

Ruben Grigorians joined LAHP in July 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and has over 20 years of experience as VP of Finance and CFO at Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Corporate Controller at LifeHOUSE Properties, and Treasurer and Controller/CFO with Southern California Presbyterian Homes. His audit experience is with PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes arranging and developing a $105M annual operating budget including 41 facilities. He was directly involved in seven (7) tax-exempt bond issues totaling $150M as well as managing over $102M in total cash and investments for nonprofit and for-profit entities. Mr. Grigorians holds CPA and MBA designations.

Yolanda Ramirez – Staff Accountant / Human Resources / Office Manager

Ms. Ramirez has over 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience and maintains LAHP corporate and project accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable, working with the development staff to monitor job costs, individual project billing, cost certifications, audits and preparation of multiple source funded construction draws. Previously, she was the Accountant and Office Manager for William Harrell. M.D. (1997-2001) and Manager of Medical Billing for the Van Nuys Medical Corporation (2001-2003). In these positions she was responsible for billing, managing office operations, resolving collections, maintaining compliance with Medicare, Medical and other insurances and tracking patient and personnel records.

Ms. Ramirez began working in the housing field as an Administrative Assistant in the Accounting Department of Pedro Gomez & Co. Ms. Ramirez attended Jorge Tadeo Lozano University where she graduated with a BA in Business Administration and Accounting in 1971. She continued her accounting and business education with an Associate Degree from Pikes Peak College, in Colorado Springs, Colorado and an Associate Degree in Health Care Business Management from Nova Institute of Health and Technology.

Richard Kennemer – Resident Services Manager / Food Distribution Administrator

Mr. Kennemer has been working with non-profits for over 15 years assisting in the areas of volunteer management, guidance and referrals, office management, order fulfillment, and marketing + website administration. Prior to LAHP Mr. Kennemer worked at the World Service Office for a self-help program designed to help family members of individuals with substance abuse problems. Since 2011 Mr. Kennemer has been assisting the residents of the LAHP portfolio by ensuring convenient accessibility to quality social service programs!

Victoria O. Berjamin – Staff Accountant

Ms. Berjamin brings over twenty years of combined experience and training in accounting, finance and administration and customer service from small to large corporations. Her diverse background includes areas of accounting in the industry of Property Management, Insurance, Banking & Finance and Broadcasting.