About PATH Ventures

PATH Ventures is a recognized leader in creating high-quality, affordable, and stable homes for people struggling with the high cost of housing in California, particularly families and individuals experiencing homelessness. 

Founded by PATH in 2007, PATH Ventures is building across the state, with nearly 2,500 affordable and supportive homes constructed or in pre-development.

PATH Ventures’ mission is to advance PATH’s purpose by building and operating affordable rental homes paired with on-site services that support residents in regaining long-term stability, independence, and well-being.

To learn more about PATH Ventures, click here.

path ventures communities

PATH Villas Montclair

PATH Villas Montclair, a supportive housing development at 4220 Mont Clair Street near the...
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Orchid

Orchid is a 40-unit Project Homekey site that is home to individuals experiencing homelessness....
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Villas on the Park

PATH San Jose and PATH Ventures are working towards building a permanent supportive housing...
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PATH Metro Villas, Phase 2

PATH Metro Villas is a comprehensive community that addresses homelessness with program centers and...
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PATH Villas Eucalyptus

The PATH Villas Eucalyptus affordable apartment community will provide seniors 62 years and older...
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PATH Metro Villas

PATH Metro Villas is a comprehensive community that addresses homelessness with program centers and...
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PATH Villas at South Gate

PATH Villas at South Gate, a 60-unit affordable apartment community, includes studio and one-bedroom...
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Marmion Way Apartments

Marmion Way Apartments addresses the North East Los Angeles community’s need for family housing...
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Winnetka Village Apartments

Located in the community of Winnetka in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles...
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PATH Villas at Del Rey

Located in high-opportunity West Los Angeles, PATH Villas at Del Rey is an intimate,...
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Vermont Villas

Located just outside of Gardena, Vermont Villas provides affordable and supportive rental homes to...
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Long Beach & 21st Apartments

Long Beach and 21st Apartments is a 41 unit mixed population community that combines...
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Connections Housing San Diego

Connections Housing San Diego is a service and residential community designed to reduce street...
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NOHO Senior Villas

Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, the 49-unit development provides safe,...
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La Kretz Villas

La Kretz Villas is a 49 unit mixed population community that combines HACoLA subsidized...
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PATH Villas Marina Del Rey

In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the State of California, PATH...
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PATH Villas on Normandie

In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the State of California, PATH...
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West Carson Villas

West Carson Villas is a proposed four-story, 111-unit, permanent supportive housing community serving low-income...
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PATH Villas at 4th Street

PATH Villas at 4th Street is a proposed 94-unit permanent supportive housing site in...
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PATH Villas Hollywood

PATH Villas Hollywood reenvisions the former PATH Hollywood interim housing facility as an affordable,...
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We have 7 new communities in pre-development, with a total of 648 new units.

I Made It Home!

Mr. M is a Veteran who experienced homelessness for one year…

Mr. M’s story Help a Person Make It Home

Farrah unexpectedly became homeless, and hope faded as hotel vouchers ran out…

Farrah’s story Help a Person Make It Home

Danny, a former investment banker with a Master’s degree, experienced homelessness for one year after losing his job…

Danny’s story Help a Person Make It Home

Dalton experienced homelessness for four years…

Dalton’s Story Help a Person Make It Home

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1,021

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Retention Rate

People Served

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Communities

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800+

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PATH Ventures Leaders

Joel John Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, PATH Ventures

Joel John Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, PATH Ventures

Joel John Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, has led PATH for 25 years, was the founder and CEO of PATH Ventures, PATH’s real estate affiliate, and the CEO of PATH Partners. Joel joined PATH as its Executive Director in 1996 when the agency was a single-location agency in West Los Angeles. Under his leadership, the agency has grown into a statewide agency, serving 150 cities and 20% of California’s homeless population. Joel is a board member of CalNonprofits, San Diego’s Regional Task Force on Homelessness, 2-1-1 San Diego, and Santa Clara County’s Destination: Home. Joel also serves on San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board and was co-chairperson for the previous Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans/Interventions to Solve Homelessness Sub-Committee. Joel is a Board Member of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

He is the author of the book, How to Increase Homelessness, and frequently pens opinion pieces for news outlets across the state. Joel completed his bachelor’s degree in communications at California State University, Long Beach and master’s degree in cross cultural studies at Fuller Seminary. When Joel has spare time, he likes to travel to exotic places around the world.

Iris Alcantara

Director of Asset Management, PATH Ventures

Iris Alcantara

Director of Asset Management, PATH Ventures

Iris Alcantara-Reynolds joined PATH Ventures in March 2021. Iris was first introduced to the affordable housing industry after graduating high school at a nonprofit in Venice, CA. She immediately knew that she wanted to remain in the industry and be part of serving low-income communities.

Iris has over 15 years of experience in asset and property management in affordable housing. She is currently the Director of Asset Management and is responsible for all PATH Ventures projects in operations in LA County, San Diego, and San Jose, California.

Iris holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a Master of Business Administration from Biola University.

AJ Azara

Housing Director, Southern California, PATH Ventures

AJ Azara

Housing Director, Southern California, PATH Ventures

AJ Azara joined PATH Ventures in January 2019 and is currently the Housing Director for Southern California. Prior to joining PATH Ventures, AJ held various development management roles at market-rate hotel and multifamily development companies. At PATH Ventures, he oversees all aspects of the development process for our Southern California pipeline of projects including acquisition, pre-development, construction, and financing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine and is also a licensed real estate broker and general contractor in the State of California.

Anthony Bahamondes

Senior Director, PATH Ventures

Anthony Bahamondes

Anthony Bahamondes joined PATH Ventures in May 2021 and is currently a Senior Director at PATH Ventures. Anthony has 10 years of real estate development experience. At PATH Ventures, he oversees projects in pre-development and construction. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California.

Jonathan Centeno

Senior Project Director, PATH Ventures

Jonathan Centeno

Jonathan Centeno joined PATH Ventures in May 2022. Prior to joining PATH Ventures, Jonathan held management positions in Property Management and Affordable Housing Development companies. At PATH Ventures, he oversees projects in acquisition, pre-development, construction, and post completion.  Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine.

Con Howe

Chief Housing Officer

Con Howe

Chief Housing Officer

Lilian Najarro

Senior Director of Finance, PATH Ventures

Lilian Najarro

Senior Director of Finance, PATH Ventures

Lilian joined the PATH Ventures team in November 2020. Lilian is responsible for providing financial leadership in real estate development and managing all financial activities of the organization. She has more than 20 years of progressive experience in financial accounting, financial management, and real estate for non-profit organizations. She holds an Master of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Rafael Landivar, Guatemala and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Working in the non-profit sector is the fuel of her passion and brings meaning to her career.

Sandy Oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

Sandy Oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

Sandy has been PATH’s Chief Financial Officer since 2011 and oversees all financial management activities. She has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds and is a former Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining PATH, Ms. Oluwek was President of her own company, The Finance Oasis, Inc., which trained companies to understand their financial information and use it to improve their cash flow and profitability. She is the author of the book “Cash Flow Secrets”, an Amazon best seller. Ms. Oluwek has an Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University.

Lois Starr

Executive Director Administration PATH Ventures

Lois Starr

Lois serves as the Executive Director Administration of PATH Ventures, which builds and operates high-quality, affordable rental homes. Previously, Lois was a housing development consultant for for-profit housing development entities, non-profit housing and service agencies, and local governments.

Lois spent the previous 15 years at the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles overseeing the Housing Development and Preservation Department. A native of Los Angeles, Lois completed her undergraduate work at Cal. State Northridge and graduate work at Pepperdine.

Nikki Thomas Rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Nikki Thomas Rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Nikki joined PATH’s supportive housing services team in 2019. Nikki oversees scattered sites and project based permanent supportive housing services in Los Angeles. She has been in social services for over 15 years. She has worked with homeless youth in crisis on the west and east coast, intensive case management services, started drop in sites for transitional age youth, and worked on integrating individuals with intellectual disabilities into homes in the communities after being institutionalized.

Nikki has a MSW from Simmons University, a MPA from Cal State East Bay, and a BA in Psychology from Stockton University. Nikki is passionate about working for and with vulnerable populations in assisting them with living their best lives. When Nikki is not working she loves spending time with her family.

PATH Ventures Board of Directors

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Perla Eston

Inclusive Homes Inc. 

Perla Easton

Inclusive Homes Inc.

Shane Goldsmith

President and CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

Shane Murphy Goldsmith

President and CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Sandeep Patel

Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Bank of America

Sandeep Patel

Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Bank of America

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Brian Tucker

Co-Treasurer, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital

Brian Tucker

Co-Treasurer, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

PATH Ventures Advisory Real Estate Board

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Perla Easton

Inclusive Homes Inc.

Perla Easton

Inclusive Homes Inc.

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Sandeep Patel

Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Bank of America

Sandeep Patel

Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Bank of America

upcoming events

Jazz Night 2022

Jazz Night 2022

If you’re ready to join a movement of passionate Californians committed to ending homelessness, Jazz Night is an evening you cannot miss. Proceeds from the evening will support the development of affordable homes with wraparound services for those most in need. For...

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