(April 20, 2017) LOS ANGELES – Today PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) broke ground on the organization’s newest development, PATH Metro Villas; one of the first major developments to launch since voters across Los Angeles approved Measures H and HHH. PATH Metro Villas is led by Co-Developers PATH Ventures, an agency of PATH, and Affirmed Housing Group.
“Today’s groundbreaking of PATH Metro Villas moves our organization that much closer to our goal of providing housing for 10,000 people by 2020,” said Joel John Roberts, PATH CEO. “Today’s event is the beginning of the great impact that Measures H and HHH can have in our community. Homelessness is an issue that communities across the country face and a development like PATH Metro Villas is prime example of what we can accomplish when we work together.”
Also on hand at the groundbreaking was Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor.
“The multi-layered funding that underpins this project mirrors the collaboration that is occurring every day, across the County, as the public and private sectors are diligently working together towards a common goal – that of ending homelessness,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Thanks to the voters passing Measure H and Proposition HHH, Los Angeles now has a dedicated 10-year stream of resources for capital development, rent subsidies and supportive services, so I look forward to attending many more groundbreakings like this one across the County.”
With an anticipated completion of summer of 2018, PATH Metro Villas will provide 187 permanent supportive housing apartment units and 88 interim housing beds. On-site services will include case management, job training kitchen, on-site building management, security, the Town Square social services, among other amenities. The facilities will also provide four key services: Housing, Healthcare, Employment, and Veteran Services.
Every day PATH works to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities by building housing and providing supportive services throughout California. In just the last three years PATH has helped over 7,000 people and families move into permanent housing and has notably set an ambitious new goal to help 10,000 people by 2020.
The full list of speakers at today’s groundbreaking included: Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Mitch O’Farrell, Councilman of the 13th District, David Ho Jr., Donor, Leslie Carter, United Healthcare COO for California, Jacqueline Waggoner, VP and Southern California market leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Ed Gipson, General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, Ryan Mulligan, Assistant Director of Section 8 for the Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles, Ben Metcalf, Director for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Wendy Garen, President and CEO for the Parsons Foundation, Jim Silverwood, President and CEO for Affirmed Housing.
About PATH and PATH Ventures
PATH, founded in 1984, is ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. They do this by building affordable supportive housing and providing supportive services throughout California. In the last four years, PATH has helped over 6,500 move into permanent homes. Their goal is to help 10,000 people Make It Home by 2020. More info at https://epath.org.
PATH Ventures (PV) was founded by PATH in 2007 to address Los Angeles’ growing need for more affordable and permanent supportive housing. For more than 10 years, PV has partnered with other housing development firms to create housing opportunities to end homelessness, and operates permanent supportive housing to ensure residents remain stably housed. Today, PV’s presence is statewide, with 11 housing developments and over 1,100 units of permanent supportive housing constructed or in the pipeline. www.pathventures.org
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