In the 1940s, the Jordan Downs housing development was built in an underserved section of Los Angeles, CA. Recently, the Michaels Organization and BRIDGE Housing have stepped in to revitalize Jordan Downs, with financing from Bank of America.
With 1,400 units of affordable housing and a 76% local-hire rate, the project is transforming the neighborhood and creating new opportunities for the people who live and work there.
When the plans for Jordan Downs were revealed, they were met by some with skepticism. “There was always a promise of better jobs and better housing, and then just a series of broken promises over the years,” says John King, Community Engagement Director at the Housing Authority of Los Angeles. But once the developers broke ground, the excitement began to build.
“There’s a ton of pride here in Jordan Downs,” notes John O’Donnell, CEO of the Michaels Organization. “Residents deserve to come back to new homes, which have been substandard for decades.”
Making dreams come true
For Mike Cummings, a Jordan Downs Community Advisor, the project is much more than just bricks and mortar. It’s a dream come true. “I wanted to give my children something different than what I had. Better housing, better education and better quality of life. If you just let the people of the community be in on the ground level of change, then change is good.”
“Bank of America has a greater vision and commitment to the community,” states Kim McKay, EVP at BRIDGE Housing. “Not just to build a housing unit, but to really transform a community.”
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