Grand Opening of PATH Metro Villas Supportive Housing

PATH Metro Villas supportive housing opened this week. All photos Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
PATH Metro Villas supportive housing opened this week. All photos Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

This afternoon, local leaders celebrated the grand opening of 65 new units of supportive housing – part of city, county, and community efforts to end homelessness. The David T.C. Ho Family Building, the initial phase of PATH Metro Villas, includes 33 studio apartments, 31 one-bedroom units, and one two-bedroom apartment. Tenants will enjoy affordable housing and benefit from case management and other supportive services. The new housing is located on Madison Avenue, just north of Beverly Boulevard, a short walk east of the Metro Red Line Vermont/Beverly Station.

A second phase of PATH Metro Villas, under construction and due to open next year, will include an additional 122 supportive housing units.

The new housing is a project of PATH – People Assisting The Homeless – working with numerous private and public partners. Funding came from the city’s Prop HHH, the county’s Measure H, federal Section 8 and Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) programs, and California Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHPP), Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC), and Supportive Multifamily Housing Program (SH-MHP) programs. Private partners include Affirmed Housing, Killefer Flammang Architects, Enterprise Community Partners, UnitedHealthcare, and many others.

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Leaders cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open PATH Metro Villas

At today’s opening celebration, Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas praised the project as progress toward ending homelessness, and touted ongoing city and county efforts to step up and provide needed facilities and services.

New PATH Metro Villas resident Blake Castro spoke of the difficulties he and his mother faced when they experienced homelessness. He urged Angelenos to “never lose hope,” saying, “I come here every night and I’m happy and not in tears.”

PATH Metro Villas tenant Blake Castro speaking at today's opening ceremonies
PATH Metro Villas tenant Blake Castro speaking at today’s opening ceremonies
PATH Metro Villas lobby area with phase 2 construction outside
PATH Metro Villas lobby area with phase 2 construction outside
Studio apartment bed at PATH Metro Villas
Studio apartment bed at PATH Metro Villas
PATH Metro Villas includes this this Bicycle Room where residents will learn bike safety and bike repair.
PATH Metro Villas includes this this Bike Training Room where residents will learn bike safety and bike repair
The PATH Metro Villas community room includes television, lounge, and kitchen
The PATH Metro Villas community room includes television, lounge, and kitchen
The staff lounge deck features views of the city
The staff lounge deck features views of the city

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