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New affordable housing arrives in Palmdale

Isabell Rivera OW Contributor | 6/14/2019, midnight

A ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted this week in Palmdale to celebrate the opening of new affordable apartment housing units at 38709 Larkin Ave.

Located in the city’s Focus Neighborhood 3, the two-story four-unit apartment complex consists of one one-bedroom unit, two two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit, including two-car garages and two uncovered parking spaces are newly rehabilitated low income housing.

The vacant property was acquired by the city in December 2016. The City partnered with Victory Outreach of Palmdale, providing a housing loan for $470,000 in August 2018 for the capital lease and rehabilitation work.

“Victory Outreach, a local nonprofit and supportive community partner assisted with monitoring and securing the property and as needed while we worked through the details of the project,” said Palmdale’s Senior Housing Coordinator Sophia Reyes. “Their work helped provide more affordable housing for our community.

“This is another example of a successful public/private partnership that is helping to revitalize our City and create a positive impact to the community,” said Palmdale Mayor Pro Tem Austin Bishop. “Because when residents see activity that provides positive changes and increases the value of their neighborhood, it has a ripple effect that causes others to also make positive changes.”

“As part of the City’s comprehensive homeless prevention plan and to meet our affordable housing goal, we set out to acquire and rehabilitate 30 units of affordable housing dedicated to those who are homeless,” said Palmdale Councilmember Laura Bettencourt. “Today is an example of that goal in action.”

The Larkin Apartments are near other recent rehabilitation projects including The Dream Center and Jimmy’s Place rehabilitated by AV Youth, the Yucca Neighborhood House and Gabriel’s House.

“Nothing says community better than bringing people together to solve tough issues and creating positive results, and that is what we are witnessing today,” said J.J. Murphy, Palmdale assistant city manager.

Victory Outreach’s Pastor Mike Gonzalez received certificates of appreciation from the city, and from the offices of State Sen. Scott Wilk (21st District) and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale).

For more information on housing in the cCity of Palmdale, call the neighborhood services department at (661) 267-5126.