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Our Housing Models

Housing is the Solution

Because we know that there is no one solution that will solve the housing crisis, we have five different ways of building and creating housing for our homeownership program participants and people in our community. And, we’re exploring new models all the time!

Single-Family Homes

Single-family homes consist of one to four homes within a single building. Some Habitat projects consist of one single-family home, while other projects can include a community of single-family homes like the nine-home Desiderio community in Pasadena. An example of this kind of project is our first-ever project completed in 1990 – the Maple Homes in Pasadena (pictured).

For-Profit Developer Partnerships


We team up with for-profit developers to create, sell, and/or provide our affordable Habitat mortgage to qualified low-income first-time homebuyers. We also provide technical assistance whenever it is needed. Partnering with private sector development companies often enables us to provide affordable homeownership access to more families at one time compared to a stand-alone Habitat project. We piloted our first for-profit developer partnership in 2018 with Toledo homes – a partnership that created two affordable homes in Pasadena.

Acquisition-Rehabs

We launched this model in 2019 to buy vacant single-family homes in need of repair, rehab them with our staff and volunteers, and resell them as affordable homes in as little as three to six months. These projects are typically faster and more cost-effective than new construction. Recent examples include the Collegian and Baldwin Park Blvd. (pictured) homes. We have a companion nonprofit community housing development organization (CHDO) specializing in acquisition-rehab and supported by applicable City funding.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

ADUs (accessory dwelling units) typically ranging from 250-900 sq. ft. are small attached or detached homes built on the same plot of land as a single-family home. These small, lower-cost houses have surged in popularity since their statewide legalization in 2017 and can be used as permanent housing through Habitat as well as rental housing and permanent rental housing for those exiting homelessness. An example of this transitional type of ADU is our upcoming one-unit project in Pasadena – made possible through a partnership with Union Station Homeless Services and the Pasadena Community Foundation.

Multi-Family Homes

Multi-family residences are buildings that have multiple separate homes within them. This model helps us to maximize the land we acquire by serving more families per square foot. Examples include the Lomita (pictured) and Kenwood homes in Glendale.