Los Angeles County Development Authority

Building for the Future

In 2017, the agency transferred six LACDA-owned sites in Willowbrook and Athens-Westmont to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) for the purpose of developing single-family affordable housing. Less than two years later, the LACDA was proud to witness the plans for these homes come to fruition.

On February 8, 2019 and May 10, 2019, the LACDA celebrated the grand opening of five new two-story single-family residences. The first of the five homes built is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that includes several green features, including a drought-tolerant yard, energy efficient heating system, and solar power. The new home was dedicated to Ms. Mayra Martinez-Gil, who worked with Habitat LA to become a homeowner so that she can provide a better quality of life for her children.

The next four homes, located in unincorporated Willowbrook, were built in just 11 days. The houses were constructed through volunteer labor and donations. Homeowners invested hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their own house and assisting with other families' homes as well. The homes are ultimately sold to participating families at no profit and financed with affordable loans, with the payment on those loans used to build more Habitat LA houses.