On November 11, 2016, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti approved 5 properties owned by the city of Los Angeles to be developed into affordable homeownership projects. Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) was one of the organizations/developers selected for this groundbreaking partnership. Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV has been chosen to build a 12-home affordable homeownership project for veterans in North Hollywood, located at 5623-5633 Elmer Avenue.
Habitat SF/SCV will be working closely with Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD2) and his office to develop this urgently needed project for veterans in the San Fernando Valley. Councilmember Krekorian and council district 2 have been long-time supporters of Habitat SF/SCV and our affordable housing projects. Councilmember Krekorian has been one of our biggest advocates, along with his Deputy Director of Planning and the Environment for Council District 2, Karo Torossian.
“When our Veterans and Gold Star families need housing and services, Karo fights for them. He has worked with us and created new opportunities to build housing communities in the Valley for our warriors and their families. Karo does not just talk about supporting our Veterans, he makes sure his words are matched by his deeds.”
-Donna Deutchman, CEO, Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV
Habitat SF/SCV was approved first by Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department, then by Council District 2 as the developer of this property at the Los Angeles City Council meeting on November 8, 2016, and approved by the Mayor on November 11, 2016. The project will be built using the innovative Enriched Neighborhood® model which offers low-income veteran families an opportunity to purchase a home, and provides self-sufficiency training and social services proven to move families up into the middle class. This model was developed by our sister Agency Homes for Families and pilot tested by Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV.
About Council member Paul Krekorian:
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Paul Krekorian has spent more than a decade in public service. Since 2010, he has served on the Los Angeles City Council where his leadership of the Budget and Finance Committee helped guide the city through the Great Recession. Paul also serves on the board of the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority, Metrolink and the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments. He is the first Armenian-American to be elected in the City of Los Angeles.
About Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV:
Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV’s mission is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families, and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners.
We are a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving North Los Angeles City and County, building houses and futures for low-income families. We partner with our sister agency, Homes for Families® to specialize in building Enriched Neighborhood® communities–which hold the promise to move low income families up into the middle class. Founded in 1990, we are currently building over 150 homes for low-income veterans in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. To date, we have built 357 homes placing us in the top 5% of Habitat affiliates nationwide.