Housing Crunch: CIT Bank gave loans totaling $55 million to two affordable housing projects in East LA.

Housing Crunch: CIT Bank gave loans totaling $55 million to two affordable housing projects in East LA.

Amid a severe shortage of affordable housing in Los Angeles, CIT Group Inc. subsidiary CIT Bank loaned $55 million to two affordable housing projects, the bank announced June 26.

The loans will support two East LA Community Corp. projects.

The El Nuevo Amanecer project received a $23.5 million construction loan and a $5.25 million permanent loan. Nearly $27 million was allocated to the Rosa de Castilla project.

El Nuevo Amanecer Apartments, at 111 N. Rowan Ave. in East L.A., will have 61 units and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Of the 61 units, 31 will be set aside for homeless veterans, and 28 will go to low-income families. The remaining two units wil be used for on-site property managers.

Birba Group Architects is designing the project, which is expected to cost $39 million.

The Rosa de Castilla Apartments, at 4208 E. Huntington Drive South in El Sereno, will have 85 units. There will be 49 permanent supportive housing units for veterans, 14 general permanent supportive housing units and 20 units for low-income families. The other two units will be for property managers.

The project is being designed by FSY Architects Inc. and carries an expected cost of $48.1 million.

The loans are part of CIT’s Community Investment Loan Program. The initiative provides construction and permanent loans for affordable housing to serve low- to moderate-income families, seniors and residents with special needs.

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