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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News Union Station Homeless Services Breaks Ground to Help Homeless Families in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 2:19 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment On April 14, Union Station Homeless Services joined National Community Renaissance (National CORE), representatives of Los Angeles County, and the Mayor and Council Members of the City of Pasadena to celebrate the ground breaking of Mar Vista Apartments, an affordable housing development for low-income, homeless families. Mar Vista features 10 one-bedroom and 10 two bed-room units, with four units equipped for the mobility impaired and audio or visually impaired, and one unit reserved for an onsite coordinator. Other amenities include a community garden, tot lot, community room, onsite computer lab, and laundry rooms.The project, scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016, is a collaborative effort between Union Station Homeless Services and National CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. Funding for Mar Vista Apartments will be provided by Los Angeles Community Development Commission (LA CDC), First 5 LA, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits through the State of California, and the City of Pasadena. Union Station will provide the onsite wrap-around services to residents, such as health care, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, and employment assistance.“It all started with a vision from Marv Gross to provide the homeless clients they serve at Union Station with permanent housing,” says Julie Mungai, VP of Acquisitions with National CORE. The vision became a reality when William Huang, Director of Housing for the City of Pasadena, approached Union Station and National CORE about the reuse or demolition of the former Broadway Apartments, located on North Mar Vista Avenue.The previous owner of the apartments had relocated it there from its original site near Fuller Seminary. The abandoned apartment complex fell into disrepair as efforts to preserve the building as a historic structure were constantly delayed. The construction of the Mar Vista Apartments will be a positive change for the once dilapidated lot, and will bring change for the lives of its future residents.“This is an important neighborhood improvement project,” Victor Gordo, council member of the City of Pasadena states. “Families will soon come here and we’ll be proud when they leave here as successful members of the community.”For over 40 years, Union Station has worked with the City of Pasadena to help individuals and families transition from homelessness. The results from Pasadena’s 2015 Homeless Count show a 5% decrease in the overall homeless population from last year, with a reduction of 48% within the past 4 years. However, while the number of people experiencing homelessness has decreased, the remaining population has greater and more extensive needs, making them more visible to the public.“This is a critically important project,” says William Huang, the City of Pasadena’s Director of Housing and Career Services. “It will end homelessness for 19 families. If you think of 632 homeless people in a city that’s only 23 square miles, it’s still way too many people.”“This effort has required many hands and many hearts. Mar Vista has been a labor of love,” Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services addressed the crowd. “We’re groundbreaking today, but this event is ground breaking because this is the first purpose built permanent housing for families in Pasadena. Families will have the opportunity to rebuild their lives. This is something we can all be proud of.”Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. We are the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We believe every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. 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A property open for inspection at Marriot Street St Kilda. Picture: Andrew Henshaw“HOW much is it per week?”“Can we put nails in the wall?”“Who do we call if we break something?”These are just some of the questions first home buyers ask real estate agents during an open home when a property is for sale, not rent — revealing just how little many people know about what buying a home involves.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said he could not believe some of the questions he was being asked when opening listed properties up to the public for inspection. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Crowds wander through a house during a home inspection. Image: AAP/Julian Smith.Once, Mr Macmillan said he had to conduct an open home at a tenanted property while one of the renters was asleep in the main bedroom.“Selling properties that are tenanted can be very challenging,” he said.Mr Macmillan said other interesting questions included prospective buyers asking about the body corporate costs of a freehold property and asking for an agent’s bank account details to transfer a deposit. Crowds gather for a home inspection. Image: AAP/Angelo Velardo.So much so that it got him and his agency thinking about some of the funniest questions and scenarios they have been presented with.“Although it might seem ridiculous, we have been asked by prospective buyers things like; ‘Are pets ok?’ ‘Is there any issue having a dog at the property?’ Even questions about the size of the dog,” Mr Macmillan said.“With first home buyers I think it’s a real mental shift.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago OWNERS PAID THOUSANDS, SOLD FOR MILLIONS Ray White Wilston even put together a video, featuring Mr Macmillan and two professional actors, to offer a tongue-and-cheek look at just how clueless some prospective buyers can be. This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale.Shockingly, Mr Macmillan said one of his female agents was once told by a prospective buyer at an open home that the floors were so well polished, he could see the colour of her underwear.He said it was not uncommon for people to be locked inside a home after an inspection because they had decided to use the bathroom and the agent did not realise they were still inside. LAVISH BRISBANE SKY HOME SELLS AT HUGE DISCOUNT This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 The video was created to help promote a new listing at 180 Thistle Street, Gordon Park, aimed at first home buyers.