LOANGELES-Abode Communities has unveiled a new 70-unit, $31million affordable apartment complex called Casa Dominguez in ajoint venture with the County of Los Angeles and a number offunding sources. Los Angeles-based nonprofit Abode is thedeveloper, architect and property manager for the new complex,which is designated for LEED Silver certification and is designedfor families that earn at or below 50% of the area median income,or less than $39,650 per year for a family of four. The generalcontractor was Morley Builders.

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The project is at 15727 S. Atlantic Ave. in East RanchoDominguez in unincorporated Los Angeles County and within aredevelopment area of the Community Development Commission of theCounty of Los Angeles. It includes nine one-bedroom apartments, 31two-bedroom units, 23 three-bedroom apartments and sevenfour-bedroom units, with 10% of them reserved for youthtransitioning out of the foster system. Rents range from $396 to$1,279 per month for one to four-bedroom apartments, as compared tomarket rents in the area of $916 to $1,800.

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The Casa Dominguez property features a broad range of servicesincluding a Family Development Center that offers on-site servicesprovided by the Children's Collective, a preschool and St. John'sWell Child and Family Center, a health clinic committed providingmedical, dental and mental health services to the uninsured andeconomically disadvantaged. In addition, Abode provides a full-timeresident services coordinator and computer lab instructor toprovide programs such as after-school tutoring, college preparatorycourses, career counseling, computer training, and English as aSecond Language (ESL) classes.

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Robin Hughes, president of Abode, comments that, "In the EastRancho Dominguez neighborhood, families are paying too much forrent as compared to their income, and are often living inovercrowded conditions. At the same time, low-income residents areincreasingly impacted by high utility costs in addition to theburden of housing costs." Casa Dominguez addresses those issues andis a model for other projects, Hughes says.

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Funding Sources for Casa Dominguez included Citi CommunityCapital Permanent Mortgage, County of Los Angeles Loans, theFederal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program,US Bancorp Community Development Corporation Tax Credit Equity, theSouthern California Edison New Solar Homes Program, the SouthernCalifornia Gas Company California Advanced Home Program, a Countyof Los Angeles Homeless Service Center grant and a grant from theRalph M. Parsons Foundation. Green funding sources includedEnterprise Green Communities, Southern California Edison New SolarHomes Program, the Southern California Gas Co. California AdvancedHome Program (rebates) and CDC County Development Corp.

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