Following a groundbreaking ceremony held on June 2, the Cesar Chavez Foundation has commenced work on a $46.7-million affordable and permanent supportive housing complex just south of Whittier Boulevard in Montebello.
The Montebello-Vista de J.J. Rodriguez development, which will rise from a vacant lot located at 112 S. 6th Street, calls for the construction of a new four-story building which will feature 63 apartments for families - including permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence. The Cesar Chavez Foundation is working with the Downtown Women's Center on the new housing complex, which is named for a labor and community leader who was a contemporary of Cesar Chavez dating to the 1950s.
“We’re pleased to break ground on our first affordable housing community in Montebello to address the needs of Latinos and working families,” said Chavez foundation President Paul F. Chavez. “It’s fitting to name this property after J.J. Rodriguez, a dedicated veteran activist in Los Angeles who was an early champion of the Chicano movement.”
The apartment building is being funded through $2.71 million in tax credit proceeds, as well as a $4 million contribution from the City of Montebello and $2 million from the Los Angeles County affordable housing trust fund. Other funding sources include the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and a permanent loan through City National Bank.
Besides housing, the Vista de J.J. Rodriguez will include a Si Se Puede Learning Center, the Chavez foundation’s afterschool program for young residents. Community amenities will include a playground and a multi-use community space. The Chavez foundation and its partners will serve as property manager and service provider for residents, with the Downtown Women's Center offering social services for domestic violence survivors.
GGA is designing the contemporary low-rise complex, which was approved as part of a larger development which is also slated to bring a four-story, 69-unit structure to an abutting property fronting Whittier Boulevard.
Other CCF projects in the San Gabriel Valley include a 125-unit affordable housing complex in Pomona and two new structures built on back-to-back sites in El Monte.
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