The Desiderio Community



Lindsey Lottie, Marketing & PR Manager
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity
(626) 387-6899 x18


The Desiderio Community
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and the City of Pasadena Collaborate on Affordable Housing

AZUSA, CA (October 10, 2016) – The Desiderio Community is San Gabriel Valley (SGV) Habitat for Humanity’s first opportunity to build affordable homes in Pasadena since 1992. Nine houses are being built by San Gabriel Valley Habitat through a collaboration involving the City of Pasadena, the United States Army and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allowing 1.3 acres of land to be developed for self-help housing.

The Desiderio Homes are single-family homes with detached garages. San Gabriel Valley Habitat is committed to honoring the heroic military service exemplified by Reginald B. Desiderio for whom the Desiderio Army Reserve Center was named. In so honoring, three of the bungalow courtyard style homes are reserved for veterans.

All local Habitat for Humanity building comes from local fundraising. Estimated to be completed by spring of 2018, SGV Habitat continues to fundraise for the $2,365,808 in cash needed for the build. Pro bono services, donations of construction materials are also instrumental. SGV Habitat will also reuse $338,000 in repayments from 49 existing family mortgages, which are vital in financing new housing going forward. In total, the project cost is expected to be $3,154,411.


Habitat Desiderio Community RENDERING
Habitat Desiderio Courtyard RENDERING

About San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGV Habitat) began in 1990 under John “ACE” Cain’s visionary leadership as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, visit

SGV Habitat has been recognized with Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for excellence in sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency for nine consecutive years (2008-2016), placing SGV Habitat in the top 1% of all nonprofit organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator. In 2016, SGV Habitat earned 100%, a perfect score!

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit our website Inquiries also can be made at or by calling (626) 387-6899. 400 S. Irwindale Avenue, Azusa, CA 91702  (626) 387-6899 Fax: (626) 387-6890

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