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Construction Begins for New Housing for Homeless in Los Angeles

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On April 14th, PATH Ventures began construction on the Juanita Villas, a new development that will provide 49 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals. The project is scheduled for completion by June 2012, at which time all of the political and financial contributors to the project will be recognized.

When finished, the Juanita Villas will be a five-story, 30,456 square foot development including a spacious courtyard, laundry room, community room, outdoor seating areas, and semi-subterranean parking. It’s located just one block from the PATH Mall, an innovative multi-service center run by partner People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), allowing residents easy access to all of the resources and supportive services they need to be successful. The development addresses the serious need for single-room occupancy (SRO) units for formerly-homeless and mentally ill individuals.

“The fact is, homelessness is largely a housing problem,” said John Molloy, Executive Director of PATH Ventures. “The only sustainable solution is to build enough housing for everyone in need. We still have a long way to go but, once this development is finished, there will be 49 more people off the streets.”

In 2007, PATH Ventures made a commitment to develop 1,000 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing by 2014. Since then, they have brought 172 units into full operation, 263 into active development, and 577 into the development pipeline, for a total of 1,012 units.

PATH Ventures’ housing models aim to address homelessness by integrating supportive services with permanent housing. By acting as both a service provider and a housing developer, PATH Ventures ensures that services are delivered in the most cost-effective manner and that its goals are built into the very structure and management of each unit.

For more information, visit www.pathventures.org.

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