Building ADUs to Support Our Unhoused Neighbors

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PUBLISHED JUNE 26, 2021

Talk about teamwork!

In partnership with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, our associates recently put in some “sweat equity” to help build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) supportive housing for individuals coming out of homelessness.

This build was Habitat’s first ADU construction and showcased the power of partnerships in solving large societal problems. The City of Pasadena owns the land and rehabbed the front house for those coming out of homelessness; Pasadena Community Foundation was the lead funder of the project; Union Station Homeless Services provides supportive services and selects the tenants; SGV Habitat builds the ADU; while corporate partners like our bank provided volunteers for the build. This collaboration was an excellent opportunity to show the public how innovative we can be in addressing the homeless/affordable housing crisis when we work together.

A huge thank you to our volunteers from various teams: commercial real estate (spearheaded by Robert Lo), FX risk management (led by Michael Hayashida), and Pasadena branch (led by Roger Huang).

For more details about the build, check out this article by Pasadena NOW.