Homes in LA Once to Be Demolished Now Repurposed

By Rachel Lampert

There are many ways we can combat homelessness. One of the alternatives is repurposing
housing from former projects that never happened.

Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. El Sereno, California announced a new form of
housing. According to an article by John Orona from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He says,
“…a now-defunct 710 freeway extension north to the 210, the California Department of
Transportation has sold the first El Sereno home.” The plans for this project were announced on
Friday, May 17th, and will be up for sale up to a minimum of $250,000.00.

LAist writer– David Wagner, mentions how there is still work to be done for these homes. He
says. “ SGV Habitat officials say they’re closing on deals to buy 16 of the vacant properties.
They plan to fix them up and sell them to low-income, first-time homebuyers.”
For the time-being it is unknown when these homes will be readily available.

Bryan Wong — CEO of SGV Habitat says. “Reclaimers are welcome to apply for the homes
once they’re put up for sale, just like everyone else who meets the eligibility requirements.
Habitat aims to sell at least half the properties to households already living or working in El
Sereno.” However, if you do choose to apply it is important to keep looking online and doing
some research in advance for announcement times.

Wong , is anticipating remodeling a majority of the homes. He describes having a positive
outlook and sees potential for these new homes. He says, “It’s not just a home, it’s a future, it’s a
cornerstone. It’s something that is going to change lives not just for that family, but it also goes to
improve entire neighborhoods, the livelihoods of businesses in the area, and everything in the
area.” This project is working to continue to make changes for the better.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Habitat for Humanity please call
(626)- 387-6899 for more information.

References :
Orna, J. (2024, May 19). SGV Habitat for Humanity is buying 710 freeway homes in El Sereno,
with plans to fix up and sell. LAist.
Wagner, D. (2024, May 17). Homes once slated for destruction to expand 710 freeway will now
be fixed up for low-income homeowners. LAist.

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