Abbey Road's Imagine Village II Grand Opening

March 3, 2024

Imagine Village II Grand Opening Celebration

Penny Lane Centers and Abbey Road celebrated the Grand Opening of Imagine Village II, on February 26, 2024.  This event was attended by over 150 members of the community and dignitaries including  LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger,  Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. Imagine Village II is an 80-unit large-family affordable and supportive housing community for low-income individuals and families and persons who have experienced homelessness. Penny Lane Centers is the onsite service provider offering intensive case management and supportive services.  The services are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of our residents. The goal is to help families and individuals improve the quality of their lives, feel safe and stable while allowing them to pursue life goals far beyond subsistence. The wide array of supportive services available include job placement, counseling, life skills training, transportation assistance, substance abuse counseling, mental health services, and medical and dental assistance as well as referrals to other community organizations to fill in any service gaps.

“Today marks the opening of Imagine II where walls don’t just provide shelter, they embrace. At Abbey Road and Penny Lane we don’t merely provide roofs, we cultivate a sense of belonging.   Together we’ve built a community where hope and optimism lead the way and each individual’s journey will become a shared triumph,” -Wendy Carpenter, Abbey Road, CEO  
“It’s a joy to see this important project come to life. These homes will transform the lives and outcomes of many of our most vulnerable residents in North County. Imagine Village II is certain to become an invaluable and irreplaceable community asset.” -Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor

Imagine Village II received support from a variety of community leaders and funding from several public and private sources.  We are grateful to our many funders including County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Mental Health Housing Program, Los Angeles County Development Authority, Multifamily Housing Program, California Department of Housing & Community Development, State and Federal tax Credits awarded by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, tax credit equity through the National Equity Fund as well as the California Equity Fund.  The project also received a construction loan from JP Morgan Chase and a first mortgage loan from California Community Reinvestment Corporation. Measure H Service funding was awarded through the Department of Health Services.  

"The LACDA is committed to making supportive housing available to all communities across Los Angeles County and we are proud of our work with Abbey Road to bring Imagine Village II to Lancaster," said LACDA Executive Director, Emilio Salas. "The supportive services provided by Penny Lane Centers will ensure that residents will have the support they need to thrive in their new homes."

The new building, located at 43445 Sahuayo Street in Lancaster  has 20 studio, 17 one-bedroom, 22 two-bedroom, and 21 three-bedroom units, 42 of the units are reserved for formerly homeless and 36 units are for individuals and families earning between 30 and 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with 2 units for on-site property management. Community amenities include a large children’s play area, outdoor barbeques with gathering space, a community garden, a dog run, bicycle parking, and spaces for a wide range of social gatherings and supportive services. The location gives residents convenient access to schools, a park and community serving retail. This building also has many sustainable and environmentally conscious features such as a solar thermal hot water system, drought tolerant landscaping, non-toxic paint and flooring, photovoltaic panels, and Energy Star rated fixtures and appliances.

We are very proud to be able to help and serve the community of Lancaster and the individuals and families that will  now can call this complex their home.

-Nydia Barakat, Penny Lane Centers

News Article: Imagine Village II Opens Doors

Imagine Village II Grand Opening: Photos

Check out some of the photos below or by clicking the link above!