Veterans and their families residing in the Antelope Valley will soon have new lodgings. The AV Imagine Village I housing development will cater specifically to this population.

County officials, including Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and developers Abbey Road and Cloudbreak Communities were on hand this week in Lancaster to break ground on the three-story, 75-unit multi-family development which will provide family housing for “very-low” and low-income households. A second phase of the development is planned for a later date.

AV Imagine Village I will dedicate 33 units to homeless veterans or families with a homeless veteran, 17 units to homeless persons in general and their families, and 14 units will be set aside for frequent users of the Los Angeles County Development of Health services system. As well, another 10 units will be for low-income families. The development will include outdoor play and exercise areas, vegetable gardens, and a gymnasium.

The Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (CDC) is providing $2.7 million in Affordable Housing Trust Funds for land acquisition and permanent financing. The Los Angeles County Housing Authority has committed 17 project-based vouchers and 33 Veterans Affairs supportive housing vouchers to ensure rent remains stabilized and affordable for residents.

“This project addresses the housing needs of a variety of populations,” said Sean Rogan, CDC executive director. “Once completed in 2018, veterans, low-income families and persons with special needs will have a great place to call home, surrounded by a multitude of supportive services.”

AV Imagine Village I will be located within a one-mile radius of a pharmacy, grocery store, bus stop, and elementary school. And with an eye toward a more healthy lifestyle, the development will be near a medical clinic, the Antelope Valley Public Health Center, Bartz-Altadonna Community health Center, and the Los Angeles County departments of Public Social Services and Mental Health.

For more details about AV Imagine Village I, call (818) 332-8208 or (626) 586-1762.