After the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, some cities simply lost their way.
Riots, fires and looting plagued many urban areas, some requiring National Guard intervention.
But in the aftermath of the civil rights leader’s slaying, other cities instead found a better way. Vowing to put into practice King’s teachings, churches came together to form faith-based organizations that grew to develop and manage affordable housing communities for seniors.
Two of those cities were Livermore and San Rafael, Calif., where ABHOW is now a part of this legacy of caring as manager of Hillcrest Gardens Livermore, Vineyard Village and Arbor Vista, all under the auspices of Livermore Interfaith Housing, as well as Parnow Friendship House, developed by Center Interfaith Housing in San Rafael.
“We’re thrilled to be associated with Livermore Interfaith Housing and Center Interfaith Housing, who both chose ABHOW to manage their communities,” says Travis Hanna, ABHOW’s director of operations for affordable housing.
Ten Livermore churches contribute members to the board of nonprofit Livermore Interfaith Housing, which has developed and managed its three communities during the past 43 years.
“Our entry into the Livermore market in such a big way and our growing presence in San Rafael will allow us to better leverage our experience working with state and federal housing agencies to the benefit of the residents there,” Hanna says.
Parnow Friendship House joins San Rafael Rotary Manor as the second ABHOW-managed retirement community in San Rafael.
“We look forward to growing with Parnow Friendship House and the San Rafael market,” Hanna says.
In addition, ABHOW has assumed management of Lomita Manor in Lomita, Calif., owned by the Lomita Housing Authority. This marks ABHOW’s first venture into public housing.
“Expanding into this market enhances our growth as an increasing number of public agencies seek private, highly reputable firms to professionally manage and/or redevelop their properties,” Hanna says.
Ancel Romero, ABHOW’s vice president for affordable housing, notes that the company’s continuing expansion into new markets is good news for the residents there.
“We’re excited about bringing the high standards and exceptional quality of ABHOW to these well-regarded affordable housing communities,” he says. “Our management of multiple communities in places like Livermore and San Rafael means even more seniors can enjoy everything ABHOW management provides, and gives the company a solid foundation for continued growth in those areas.”