PALMDALE – Antelope Valley YouthBuild, in partnership with the City of Palmdale, Advancing Communities Together (ACT) and Jack O’Connor Construction held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a project that will create two duplexes to provide quality affordable housing space for low income families in Palmdale.
The duplexes will be located at 514 E. Avenue Q-2, and will contain two three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath units.
They will be built by YouthBuild students under the guidance of Jack O’Connor Construction and are expected to take six months to complete.
“This is about the community coming together,” said Kamal Abdul-Jabbaar, Director of the Board for YouthBuild. “The partners will be hiring local community members to do the work to build housing for low income families.”
“This project will not only provide quality housing for families who need it, but also provide job training and employment for our young people,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “It’s going to change the lives of our young people for the better.”
The city owns the land and is providing financing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s HOME Funding.
Once built, YouthBuild will lease units to support programming at its Palmdale Dream Center, a transitional housing program and outreach facility located at 38518 5th Street East in Palmdale.
About Antelope Valley YouthBuild
YouthBuild, a subsidiary of Advancing Communities Together, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a youth and community development program that addresses core issues facing low-income communities, such as housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.
In YouthBuild programs, “at potential” young people ages 16-24 work toward their high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing. For more information on AV YouthBuild, visit www.avyouthbuild.com.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]