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Pro Bono Win for Jenner & Block’s LA Office: Breaking Ground on Homes for the Homeless

After a hard-fought mediation, Partners Michael McNamara and G. Thomas Stromberg recently secured an agreement to allow pro bono client Colden (aka FlyawayHomes) to move forward in building homes for the homeless.  This particular permanent supportive housing (PSH) project is unique: it repurposes shipping containers from the Port of Los Angeles to manufacture modular housing units, which drastically reduces the time and cost of completion compared to traditional construction.

“It’s cheaper for shipping companies to leave them here then to ship them back…Therefore, you have all these one-time-use containers that are essentially brand new,” Kevin Hirai, chief operating officer of FlyawayHomes, said in a video feature about the project.  In addition, the PSH is 100 percent privately funded and does not use taxpayer money for development, which amounts to about $3 million to build the three-story, 33-person capacity structure.  “It’s a beautiful model, if you think about it,” Mr. Hirai added.  “You can invest money, make a modest return and house our most vulnerable neighbors.”

It took months of difficult negotiations for the parties to enter into an agreement to move forward with building the homes.  Lawry J. Meister, president of FlyawayHomes, thanked Mr. McNamara and Mr. Stromberg for their efforts:  “We truly never would have reached an agreement if it weren’t for your diplomacy, determination and dedication to getting it done.”

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