A new taxpayer-funded high-rise homeless shelter in Los Angeles is set to open, featuring apartments with skyline views, a gym, and a cafe, resembling a hipster haven more than public housing. The 19-story tower, with 228 studios and 50 one-bedroom apartments costing about $600,000 each, is part of a three-building project on Skid Row aimed at providing shelter and support for homeless adults, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Taxpayer Dollars Fund Luxury High-Rise for Homeless in LA
The homeless will reside in the new building’s rooms, which are sleek, modern, and clean.

The $165 million complex offers a range of amenities, including a gym, communal patio, art room, music room, computer room, library, and cafe. Kevin Murray, president and CEO of the Weingart Center Association, the nonprofit behind the project, said, “We’re trying to make our little corner of the world look and feel a little better.”

Taxpayer Dollars Fund Luxury High-Rise for Homeless in LA
The tower offers a mix of studios and one-bedroom apartments.

Residents will enjoy modern, furnished rooms with a bed, microwave, oven, fridge, and television. The Weingart Center promotes the South Crocker Street building, named Tower 1, as offering “high-quality apartment living in downtown Los Angeles.”

Taxpayer Dollars Fund Luxury High-Rise for Homeless in LA
Each apartment in the building costs approximately $600,000 to construct.

Funded by Proposition HHH, a supportive-housing program approved by voters in 2016, the project also receives state housing funds and $56 million in state tax credits, according to the Los Angeles Housing Department. The Weingart Center provides on-site support services to help residents maintain housing stability and attend to health and wellness needs. About 40 units are reserved for qualifying veterans.

Taxpayer Dollars Fund Luxury High-Rise for Homeless in LA
The site was dilapidated before the tower’s construction.

The tower is the first of three planned high-rises in the area, with the second tower under construction and the third in the planning phase. When completed, the project will create a campus for 700 residents, helping them escape the challenges of Skid Row.

Several community leaders praised the initiative. Pete White, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network, said, “We 100% need more housing in Skid Row… a design that says poor residents are worthy.”