100-Unit Affordable Housing Project in Downey, Calif. Moves Forward 

Downey, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, PATH Ventures, Abode Communities, Veteran Commons, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Hollydale Regional Park, American Legion Hollydale Post

By Catherine Sweeney 

A new affordable housing project is making its way through the entitlement process, recently receiving approval from Los Angeles County for the development to move forward. In a vote taken late last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a lease agreement with the developers, Abode Communities and PATH Ventures, for the former American Legion Hollydale Post site in Downey, Calif., where the project will take shape. 

Referred to as Veteran Commons, the project site is located at 11269 Garfield Avenue and would consist of 100 affordable homes for unhoused veterans and the families of veterans. Overall, the project would include 50 one-bedroom, 40 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom units. 

As well as the residential space, the project includes 14,000 square feet of open space and a 4,400 square foot Workforce Development Hub for residents and the community alike. The center will provide job search assistance, employment training and skill building services. 

Other amenities include a 1,500 square foot resident center, four case management/resident services offices and a public art installation at the corner of Gardendale and Garfield.

Located in Downey, just southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the project site is proximite to a number of County-operated buildings, including the Los Angeles County Public Works and Los Angeles County Agriculture. The project site would also provide future tenants access to various amenities and services, with both the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center and the Hollydale Regional Park just a short commute away. 

The project would join numerous other affordable housing projects currently underway by both developers. 

PATH Ventures was founded in West Los Angeles and has housed 5,143 people since 2013. Its counterpart, Abode Communities, has been serving the Greater Los Angeles area since its founding in 1968. According to Abode, affordable housing is needed across the state of California as many renters spend more than 30 percent of their annual income on rent. 

“The disparity between income and housing affordability is a crisis in California, affecting every county in the state. According to California Housing Partnership Corporation, increases in annual rents combined with decreases in annual median renter incomes create a deficit of 1,541,386 affordable homes in California, while further deepening the poverty rate to 21.2% when housing costs are considered. In fact, California’s renters need to earn more than 3 1/2 times more than minimum wage to afford the state’s average monthly asking rent of $1,889,” the company states on its website.