Terry Miller, Pasadena Independent
In 2010, Union Station Homeless Services received a $1.18 million grant from the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, City of Industry Program to renovate Euclid Villa, a transitional housing facility for formerly homeless families. Those renovations are now complete and a celebration was held Thursday afternoon to commemprate the work.
Families now residing in “greener,” more energy efficient housing. Rabbi Marvin Gross thanked Union Station Homeless Services partners: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, City of Glendale, City of Pasadena, Pacific Housing Alliance, and The John Stewart Company, for their ongoing support.
With his two daughters, Lynda, 16, and Lillian, 12, at his side, Martin Samaniego spoke at the ” greening celebration” of Euclid Villa Transitional Housing complex in Pasadena. He explained what it was like for him as single father and the first male occupant in the transitional housing units. Of the one hundred and seventeen families have transitioned from homelessness at Euclid Villa, Samaniego was the first male to live at the Villa.
Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Union Station provides comprehensive, community-based solutions to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. Our housing, employment and life skills classes offer people in need a tailored approach to achieving a life of self-sufficiency. www.unionstationhs.org
Euclid Villa Transitional Housing opened in 1999 through a partnership between Union Station Homeless Services and Pacific Housing Alliance. The facility consists of two historical buildings providing private apartments for 14 formerly homeless families from the cities of Pasadena and Glendale. Residents have access to community rooms, a library and children’s activity area. While residing in the complex, families receive housing resources and case management in preparation to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.