L.A. City Leaders Celebrate Opening of PATH Metro Villas’ First Phase; 
A 65-Unit Supportive-Housing Development 

The David T. C. Ho Family Building at PATH Metro Villas is a 65-unit supportive-housing development for individuals who previously experienced homelessness.

LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2019) – Today PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) celebrated the opening of the first phase of PATH Metro Villas, a 65-unit supportive-housing development for individuals who previously experienced homelessness. PATH Metro Villas is a partnership with co-developers Affirmed Housing and PATH Ventures, an affiliate of PATH. Onsite at today’s event were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH; Amy Anderson, Executive Director of PATH Ventures; and many others (full list below). 

“Homelessness is the humanitarian crisis of our time, and we will only end it by building as much supportive housing as we can, as quickly as we can,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We will overcome this challenge — project by project, and door by door — and days like this remind us what’s possible when everyone works together.”  

“We are thrilled to welcome residents to this new community,” said Joel John Roberts, PATH CEO. “Today’s event celebrates the start of a new journey for our residents, as well as the culmination of an incredible collaboration among many organizations. It’s an honor to work with our partners, including Affirmed Housing and city officials, and I’m glad to be able to recognize them today for their commitment to ending homelessness.”

The David T.C. Ho Family Building that opened today will include 33 studio, 31 one-bedroom and 1 two-bedroom manager apartments, community rooms, counseling and case management offices, and a Veterans Connections Center for veteran services. 

“PATH Metro Villas is an excellent example of the kind of high-quality supportive housing our community needs,” said Amy Anderson, Executive Director of PATH Ventures. “The development provides an opportunity for our residents to regain health and stability and to thrive in an environment that offers both an affordable home and on-site support.”

On-site services include case management, job training kitchen, health & wellness programs, a bike share program and support with independent living provided by four, full-time PATH staff. The facilities provide services in four key areas: Housing, Health Care, Employment, and Veteran Services.

"This supportive housing project will help those on the streets live more stable lives," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, who chairs the City's Homelessness and Poverty Committee. "We need more of this type of housing to alleviate heavy rent burdens and improve the overall health of our neighborhoods, while allowing residents to easily access critical services."

Representatives from UnitedHealthcare and Enterprise, funders of The David T. C. Ho Family Building, were also onsite at the grand opening. 

“At UnitedHealthcare, we understand that some of the greatest barriers to better health include social and financial barriers, such as access to safe and affordable housing,” said Rob Falkenberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California. “Metro Villas is an important investment because it connects people struggling with homelessness with housing and important services and programs that can have a positive impact on their lives.”

UnitedHealthcare is the largest investor, providing $12 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity through a partnership with Enterprise Housing Credit Investments. UnitedHealthcare’s investment is part of the more than $400 million the company has provided throughout the United States to help redefine healthy living by helping address social determinants, like access to housing, that affect people’s health and well-being.

“Enterprise shares UnitedHealthcare and PATH’s belief that investing in well-designed, affordable homes improves individual and community health,” said Scott Hoekman, President & CEO, Enterprise Housing Credit Investments. “Our continuing partnership with UnitedHealthcare has helped some of the most vulnerable people across the country obtain the housing and social services they need to have greater opportunities.”

Funding for the development is a collaboration among many private and public partners including the California Department of Housing & Community Development, City of Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, JP Morgan Chase Bank, California Community Reinvestment Corporation and voter-approved Measure H. 

A second phase of construction will bring the size of the whole project to 187 affordable housing units, plus a primary healthcare clinic and mental health clinic. Phase two is set to open in March 2020 and is one of the first major developments to launch since voters across Los Angeles approved Measure H and Proposition HHH. 

The full list of speakers at today’s ceremony: Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH; Amy Anderson, Executive Director of PATH Ventures; Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles; Mark Ridley-Thomas, County Supervisor; Mitch O’Farrell, Councilman of the 13th District; Leslie Carter, COO of UnitedHealthcare of California;; Jimmy Silverwood, VP of Development for Affirmed Housing; Margarita Lares, Chief Program Officer of HACLA; Ray Brewer, Field Office Director for HUD Los Angeles; and David Ho, PATH Metro Villas supporter.

About PATH
Founded in 1984, PATH is ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH builds affordable supportive housing and provides supportive services throughout California. In the last four years, PATH has helped over 8,500 move into permanent homes, with the goal to help 10,000 people Make It Home by 2020. More info at http://www.epath.org. 

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. We advance our mission of ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities by building and operating affordable rental homes paired with on-site services that support residents in regaining long-term stability, independence, and health. www.pathventures.org 

About Affirmed Housing
Headquartered in San Diego, Affirmed Housing is dedicated to improving and sustaining the viability of California through the development of affordable housing.  The company aims to enhance communities and our environment by building professionally-managed, high-quality, green, multifamily, senior and homeless housing. Founded in 1993, the company has built more than 3,500 affordable homes and secured approximately 1.3 billion dollars in funding.  For more information, visit www.affirmedhousing.com