Section 8 (housing)

Investment firm ousts mentally ill and Latino families to flip Koreatown buildings, lawsuit alleges

Investment firm ousts mentally ill and Latino families to flip Koreatown buildings, lawsuit alleges

After a lifetime of riding the trains in the summer and wintering at the missions on L.A.’s skid row, Arthur Rivera ended up in a Santa Monica gutter.

Then a case manager with Step Up on Second, a mental health services agency, obtained a rental subsidy for him. In 2011 Rivera moved into a single apartment in a four-story, brick-facade building in Koreatown.

Rivera, 67, said his life has stabilized into a simple routine, riding the bus several times a week to Step Up on Second for group activities and meals. Otherwise, he stays in his sparse apartment where the furnishings consist of a metal fold-up...

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