Habitat LA held an inspiring groundbreaking ceremony for the Washington Villas development

We are building 36 homes in Long Beach!

December 8th was a thrilling day filled with excitement as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
(Habitat LA) broke ground on our newest 36-home development in the Washington neighborhood of
Long Beach, California. Washington Villas is Habitat LA’s largest project to date, consisting of
townhouse-style homes with garages.

“This site is of special significance to us,” said Erin Rank, President and CEO of Habitat LA during the
ceremony, “as it will be the largest affordable housing development Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los
Angeles has built since its founding in 1990. Washington Villas is located just a few blocks from our most
recently completed development —Millennium Homes — which marked Habitat LA’s 1,001st home and
my personal 1,000th home.”

CEO Erin Rank, supporters, and community partners each put on a hard hat, grabbed a shovel, and
together they broke ground on the lot that will be transformed into Washington Villas—one of the city’s
few mixed-income housing options, with most of the units available for low-income residents. These
homes will be sold to income-qualified, first-time homebuyers who earn less than 80 percent of the
area’s median income. The other units will be available to moderate-income buyers.
Construction will continue into the new year and the homes are expected to be completed in 2024. The
new development will offer green features like drought-tolerant yards, energy-efficient heating systems,
insulation made of recycled content, low-flow plumbing fixtures, solar panels, and more.|

The Washington Villas development includes:

• 36 condominium units/townhouses among 4 separate buildings
• Each unit will be 3-stories, with ground-level garages
• 9-foot-high ceilings in main living area
• Two and three bedroom homes ranging from 1,215 to 1,550 square feet
• All bedrooms have their own private bathroom
• A total of 68 garage spaces

In celebration of this historic development, one of the homes will be built in honor of Long Beach
Mayor, Robert Garcia, for his steadfast commitment to transform the lives of residents by revitalizing
their treasured neighborhoods and communities. Many families in this community earn just under
$37,000 annually and more than 93% of households are renter-occupied. This development is a part of
Habitat LA’s continued commitment to building affordable housing where it is most needed. Habitat LA
has built, rehabbed, and repaired 156 homes in Long Beach.

“Habitat LA has been such an important partner for us in Long Beach. The fact that this is going to be to
be their largest development of homes anywhere in LA County is really significant, and that’s something
we should all be very proud of,” said Mayor Garcia.

Habitat LA and community partners unite over the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides
a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. These partnerships help Habitat LA complete
homes and serve families together in Long Beach’s Washington neighborhood.