Abode Communities

We Build Hope

At Abode Communities, our mission is to create service-enhanced affordable housing and socially-beneficial community facilities that promote social, economic, and physical transformation of underserved communities.

Since 1968, Abode Communities has found success through the strength of our fully integrated, multidisciplinary approach. Every project receives the benefit of the experience and cooperation of our core groups: Development, Architecture, Housing Services and Resident Services.

Abode Communities’ specific strength is building sustainable, multi-family affordable housing to address the needs of Southern California’s large workforce, low-income families, seniors and individuals with special needs. Currently, we own 37 properties throughout our region that are home to more than 6,200 residents.

Beyond bricks and mortar, Abode Communities is committed to the individual success of each of our residents. We build child care centers, community centers and computer labs into our facilities, and provide an enriching resident services program.

Our work encourages participation and leadership in our communities, enhances children’s academic achievement and self-esteem, and helps adults to become confident and educated contributors to their community.


We envision vibrant communities that strengthen neighborhoods, enhance livelihoods, respond to the environment, and connect people and places.


To create service-enhanced affordable housing and socially-beneficial community facilities that promote social, economic, and physical transformation of underserved communities.



We harness the knowledge and expertise of each of our disciplines and forge enduring partnerships with residents and stakeholders to achieve the best collective results.


We foster an organizational culture of inclusion, where different experiences and perspectives of those we serve and those with whom we work are respected and valued.


We challenge ourselves to attain the highest quality standard and level of performance in order to achieve the greatest impact.


We seek opportunities to continuously adapt and improve our services and work product, while advancing the industry in practice and policy to expand our collective impact.


We fulfill our mission by conducting business in an open, honest, and transparent manner, and accepting responsibility for our individual and collective actions.

Robin Hughes
Robin Hughes
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robin Hughes is president and chief executive officer of Abode Communities, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit developer, architect, manager and operator of service-enhanced affordable housing. She has been actively involved in affordable housing and community development for over 30 years and in her 18 years as leader of Abode Communities, Hughes has transformed the organization into a top 50 affordable housing developer nationwide and the premier provider of affordable housing in Southern California.

Under Hughes’ guidance, Abode Communities has developed more than 50 residential and mixed-use communities; created new affordable homes for over 8,000 California residents and provided a social safety net through Beyond Homes, a substantive resident services program. She has also propelled Abode Communities as the leading provider of LEED® for Homes Platinum units in the State of California.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, Hughes held positions in the private and public sectors including The Richmond Group of Companies, Citibank, the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, and the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

A trusted leader in the affordable housing industry, Hughes is Vice-Chair of the Housing Partnership Network, Co-Policy Chair of California Housing Consortium, on the Board of Directors for the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, and currently serves on the Steering Committee for Housing for a Stronger Los Angeles. Her experience includes serving as chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; a member of the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Board of Los Angeles; and on the board of directors for Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, Low Income Investment Fund, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and Mercy Housing California. Hughes also served a four-year term as Planning Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles.

In November 2008, Hughes was recognized as Huffington Post’s “Person of the Day” and in 2011, she was featured on the cover of National Real Estate Investor Magazine as “Champion of Affordable Housing.”

Hughes received her Masters and Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and received a certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Program, Achieving Excellence in Community Development. She is considered a leader in the new construction and community revitalization of residential developments, particularly as it relates to affordable housing, planning, land use and sustainable design.


Rick Saperstein
Rick Saperstein
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Rick Saperstein is executive vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for the oversight and direction of Abode Communities’ finance, accounting and asset management. In this capacity, he handles financial and tax reporting, budgeting, treasury management and risk management. He is also heavily involved in the oversight and management of the organization’s existing portfolio, ensuring the achievement of financial performance goals and regulatory compliance.

Saperstein has more than 25 years of experience including organizational finance and accounting management, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, cash flow reporting and department management. In 2014, Los Angeles Business Journal honored him as a finalist for CFO of the Year Award. His peer-driven nomination for this prestigious award touted his extensive experience in nonprofit and real estate financing and accounting; sound fiscal management and financial integrity; and instrumental leadership role at Abode Communities.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, he served as Director of Accounting for Forest City Enterprise, Inc., a NYSE-listed real estate company with a large portfolio of mixed-income and mixed-use workforce developments. He also served as chief financial officer, controller and certified public accountant for various small and medium size companies, with a concentration within the real estate industry. Saperstein received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, Northridge and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Holly Benson
Holly Benson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Holly Benson is executive vice president and chief operating officer responsible for providing executive oversight of the organization’s real estate development division comprising of business development and portfolio/asset management, and property management and resident service operations. As such, she ensures each business line meets it’s financial, operational and impact performance expectations, as well as builds and maintains key strategic partnerships with external stakeholders to support the advancement of the organization’s mission. Benson serves in an integral role in collaboration with the board of directors, president and the senior management team to assure the organization meets or exceeds its strategic goals.

An 18-year veteran in the affordable housing industry, Benson’s depth of experience is underscored by her contribution to the development of more than 1,000 affordable homes and the procurement of some $300 million in loans, grants and equity from both private and public sources. Benson has served as a board member of The Kennedy Commission and is a current board member and past president of Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, she served as a housing developer at Mercy Housing California responsible for all facets of project management, as well as investigating opportunities for future affordable housing sites. With County of Orange Housing and Community Development Department, Benson was responsible for underwriting and recommending loans to affordable housing developers, as well as shaping the County’s community policies. Benson received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Gio Aliano
Gio Aliano
Senior Vice President, Principal Architect
Gio Aliano is senior vice president, principal architect responsible for the executive oversight of Abode Communities’ architectural design and production projects. As such, his primary roles are to lead high-quality architectural design; ensure budget and schedule goals are met; mentor and manage architectural design staff members; and develop and cultivate long-term client relationships and utilizing a holistic approach to the design process.

Aliano brings the highest level of expertise, knowledge of design and technical skills, a strong management and leadership style, a passion and commitment for Abode Communities’ mission, and a collaborative approach to leading. He has been actively involved in environmental design, planning and architecture practice for over 24 years, and his diverse experience includes multifamily and single-family residential, libraries, community college facilities, private and public schools, and public and community facilities.

With a commitment to community, Aliano served as a Design Review Board (DRB) commissioner for the City of Glendale for 10 years, and led DRB as chairman through two, one-year terms during that time. In his commitment to education throughout the architectural community, he served as design studio guest critic for University of California, Los Angeles, Woodbury University and California State University, Fullerton. He is a registered architect in the State of California, license number C-26571 and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, Aliano was associate for Killefer Flammang Architects, design manager for Los Angeles Community College District and URS Corporation, senior designer for Harley Ellis Devereaux and Leo A. Daly, and principal of Gio Aliano Architect. He received a Master of Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University.


Luz Soto
Luz Soto
Senior Vice President, Property Management & Resident Services
Luz Soto is senior vice president of property management and resident services responsible for the oversight of Abode Communities’ ownership and management residential portfolio, which includes 45 affordable housing developments with 2,513 homes that serve some 6,800 low-income people.

With more than 20 years of property management experience, she is responsible for developing and maintaining operation and capital improvement budgets; monitoring financial variance, vacancy and delinquency reports; processing all approval, legal and eviction actions; responding to Fair Housing concerns; preparing contracts; and supervising, hiring and training property management staff. She is particularly skilled at implementing policy and procedures, as well as fostering a team environment amongst staff, residents and the municipalities in which Abode Communities operates.

In addition to property management, Soto oversees the implementation of Abode Communities’ signature resident services program, Beyond Homes, which operates at 16 affordable housing developments and serves some 3,700 low-income parents, children, seniors and people with special needs. The success of this program in 2014 yielded 4,053 hours of after-school programming, 383 employment referrals, 484 community engagement activities, and 164 healthy/green living workshops.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, Soto served as property and asset management director with Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, responsible for the professional management of more than 900 homes. Prior to that, she served as district property manager for Brackenhoff Management Group responsible for a 1300-unit Tax Credit portfolio throughout California. She also held multiple leadership positions with Goldrich & Kest Management, Inc., where she oversaw a residential portfolio consisting of 8,000 units, highlighting a significant number of HUD Project-Based Section 8, Tenant-Based Section 8, and Section 202, 811 and 236 homes.

She is a Certified Housing Asset Manager from Consortium for Housing and Asset Management; Non-Profit Affordable Housing Specialist from NWA Training Institute; Certified Professional of Occupancy from National Association for Housing & Redevelopment Organization; National Assisted Housing Professional from National Affordable Housing Management Association; and holds a variety of Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Fair Housing and 504 certifications.


Lara Regus
Lara Regus
Senior Vice President, Development

Lara Regus is senior vice president, development responsible for the oversight of new affordable housing production. As such, she identifies a wide-range of financing to bring developments to fruition; oversees predevelopment, construction and permanent financing activities; manages relationships with lenders and investors; and manages and trains Abode Communities’ experienced and dedicated development team members. Regus is also instrumental in engagement to increase public awareness and support for affordable housing through education, policy and advocacy endeavors.

In her tenure with Abode Communities, Regus has contributed to the development of more than 1,000 multifamily residential units yielding $317 million of real estate investment in California. Her in-depth experience at Abode Communities includes successfully identifying and securing acquisition opportunities as director, business development, as well as managing the development process for a variety of affordable housing developments. Prior to joining the organization in 2006, she served as a program associate at California Community Foundation and an analyst at JPMorgan Chase.

Regus’ commitment to environmentally sustainable affordable housing has propelled Abode Communities to become the leading provider of LEED® for Homes Platinum-rated units in the State of California. Her expertise on the subject of sustainability continue to be resourced by U.S. Green Building Council, Southern California Association for Nonprofit Housing, Urban Land Institute, among more, for the purposes of exposing environmentalism as a mechanism to deepen a projects’ value and direct impact to low-income communities.

She received a Masters in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council.


Karl Lauff
Karl Lauff
Vice President, Portfolio Management

Karl Lauff is vice president, portfolio management. As such, he oversees the operations and management of Abode Communities’ existing portfolio, ensuring each property is physically and financially performing and is in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Additionally, Lauff analyzes and evaluates property needs and opportunities for financial restructuring, as well as manages the repositioning and rehabilitation process.

With nearly 10 years rooted in the affordable housing industry throughout Southern California, Lauff is a revered leader who is routinely sought after to serve as an authority on industry topics such as portfolio refinancing. As a dedicated member of organizations such as Southern California Association for Non Profit Housing, Housing California and the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Lauff continues to refine his leadership skills while overseeing some 2,300 units in Abode Communities affordable housing portfolio.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, Lauff served as acting director of housing development and senior project manager for Satellite Housing, as well as project manager for Christian Church Homes, both of which operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his Masters of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Roshe Malakuti
Vice President, Resident Services

Roshe Malakuti is vice president of resident services responsible for the oversight and implementation of Abode Communities’ resident services program, Beyond Homes. As such, Malakuti strategically responds to the communities where Abode Communities operates by developing impactful programs to help residents remain stable in their homes and ultimately, find self-sufficiency.

She is responsible for managing third-party service provider partners for special needs populations, developing and controlling program budgets, evaluating and preparing policies and procedures, monitoring program performance and outcomes, and ensuring the program is in compliance with all regulatory and funder requirements. To ensure maximum housing retention and stability for residents, Malakuti establishes and maintains strategic alliances and working relationships with community-based organizations, social services agencies and other stakeholders, as well as participates in fundraising activities.

Prior to joining Abode Communities, Malakuti served as director of housing programs for United Friends of the Children where she directed the daily operations of a fast-paced housing program for Transition Age Youth; created operational and risk management strategies; and cultivated $2.3 million in grants to support the organization’s $3.5 million program budget.

Malakuti also previously served as director for three separate programs for Beyond Shelter, serving homeless families with emotional support, guidance, job training, social services and housing. She was also a supervising children’s social worker with the Department of Children and Family Services for nearly a decade.

Malakuti earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology – Marriage, Family & Child, from Antioch University and her Bachelors in Philosophy from University of Southern Califronia. She is an active member of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness and the Los Angeles Continuum of Care Coordinating Council.


Abode Community Housing

Abode Community Housing is the nonprofit, community housing development organization (CHDO) affiliate of Abode Communities.

Incorporated in May 1996, Abode Community Housing was established to help further Abode Communities’ mission to develop affordable housing for low-income residents in the greater Los Angeles area, and to carry out other socially beneficial projects that support community and economic development in disadvantaged communities.

Community Housing currently owns seven affordable housing developments serving very low- and low-income families.

Board of Directors

Figueroa Corridor Land Company

The Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust and Figueroa Corridor Land Company are complementary tools and crucial elements of a broad-based community economic development strategy to combat the collision course between slum housing, gentrification, and displacement of low-income residents in the Figueroa Corridor of South Los Angeles.

Working in tandem with the Land Trust is the Figueroa Corridor Land Company, housed within Abode Communities. The Land Company has been established as a vehicle for purchasing, holding and entitling Land Trust properties.

With grant and loan funds raised from local, state and national foundations and lending institutions, the Land Company will purchase as many properties as possible in the short-term to avert further price escalation and displacement of residents. Target properties will include dilapidated apartment buildings, vacant lots and underutilized residential, commercial and industrial properties.

Orange County Advisory Board of Directors

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Dr. Raphael Bostic, Chair

Dr. Raphael Bostic is the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC in this capacity, he served three years in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In that Senate-confirmed position, Bostic was a principal advisor to the Secretary on policy and research, with the goal of helping the Secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs. He led an interdisciplinary team which had expertise in all key departmental policy areas, including housing, housing finance, rental assistance, community development, economic development, sustainability and homelessness, among others.

Bostic was Director of USC’s Master of Real Estate Development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast. Prior to that, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a Special Achievement Award. He earned his doctorate in economics from Stanford University and bachelor of arts from Harvard University.

Theodore S. Chandler, Vice Chair

Theodore (Ted) Chandler is chief operating officer of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT), a $4.5 billion fixed income mutual fund specializing in financing development of affordable housing. He has 26 years of experience in housing finance and community development, including 15 years with Fannie Mae and six years with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. As COO of the HIT, he provides management of the overall operations of the HIT, including setting policy as a member of the Executive Division, reporting to the CEO. He also chairs the HIT’s Portfolio Management Committee, is a member of its Investment Committee and Human Resources Committee, and served as a founding Director of its New Markets Tax Credit subsidiary Building America CDE. He also serves as the HIT’s Executive Vice President – Western Region for the HIT, based in Pasadena, California.

Chandler is Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the National Housing Conference, and is on the Advisory Board of Greystone Community Development Enterprise. He is a founder and director emeritus of the California Housing Consortium. Chandler earned his juris doctorate from Stanford University Law School and bachelor of science degree from Harvard University.

Fernando Villa, Treasurer

Fernando Villa joined the law offices Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP in 2013 representing clients in land use entitlement, California Environmental Quality Act, and local government law matters involving a broad scope of entitlements for a range of development projects, including mixed-use, industrial, residential, retail, master-planned, and commercial developments. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Villa served as Partner of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks in the firm’s real estate department where he was devoted to land use, environmental law, local government, entitlements and real estate dispute resolution.

With a concentration on Brownfield redevelopment projects, Villa combined his environmental, land use, real estate, public agency law and litigation expertise to entitle his clients’ developments while helping them manage environmental risks and any real-estate related disputes that might arise during the process. Villa received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkley, Boalt School of Law, and earned a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude.

Maria Bustria-Glickman, Secretary

Maria Bustria-Glickman is vice president of business development for U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. She is responsible for managing new markets and historic tax credit origination activities throughout the Western region of the country. Since joining U.S. Bank, Bustria-Glickman has been involved with a variety of tax credit transactions that have included mixed-use, commercial, office, hospitality, retail and community facilities. She has over 11 years of combined finance, affordable housing and management consulting experience across private and non-profit sectors. Her professional interests are rooted in experiences that merge economic and financial gains with positive social and community impact. Bustria-Glickman received a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Boston College.

Howard M. Heitner

Howard Heitner is Chief Operating Officer of LaTerra Development, LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment and development company. Heitner’s broad multifamily experience includes work on more than 1,000 low-income housing tax credit transactions ranging from legal, investor and asset management to property management, compliance and disposition perspectives. Heitner began his career as an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and, after 17 years, was recruited to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of SunAmerica’s affordable housing subsidiary. Prior to joining LaTerra Development, Heitner served as President of RP Strategies and before that he was President of the property and asset management divisions of JRK Residential America.

Heitner has held various leadership positions on nonprofit boards, including the Los Angeles Conservancy, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, Menorah Housing and Shelter Partnership. He received his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from Bucknell University.

Ken Krug

Ken Krug is partner of real estate development in the law office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP. Krug specializes in the financing of multifamily housing, where he represents banks, other institutional lenders and investors in connection with originating and structuring construction and permanent loans. He is also responsible for the private placement and credit enhancement of tax exempt municipals bonds. Krug is a principal California lawyer for a major national syndicator of low-income housing tax credits, and has structured and negotiated the acquisition of more than 300 real estate developments that qualified for such credits, either through competitive allocation or tax exempt bond financing. He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Duke University in 1979, and has a doctorate from University of Chicago Law School in 1982.

Sean Spear

Sean Spear is managing director of Hunt Mortgage Group, where he consults on the acquisition, development, financing and execution of affordable housing development transactions. With more than 20 years of community development and housing finance experience, Spear’s distinguished career began with him serving as a city planner with the New York City Department of City Planning, and led to his roles in project and public finance with the San Francisco Housing Authority and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

Prior to joining Hunt Mortgage Group, Spear served as the executive director of the California Debt Allocation Committee (CDLAC) administering the private activity bond program for California. He managed the agency’s efforts in annually allocating more than $3.8 billion in tax-exempt bond authority to private projects that provide a defined public benefit in communities throughout the State. Subsequent to his role at CDLAC, Spear was the director of major projects for the former City of Los Angeles Housing Department where he was responsible for the City’s rental housing production programs. Spear received his bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Affairs and master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Sindy Spivak

Sindy Spivak is West Region Market Executive for Community Development Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Spivak manages a team of community development experts who provide financial solutions for affordable and mixed income housing developments, while also working closely with key partners to provide the full scope of bank products to clients. Spivak has over 25 years experience in underwriting, originating and managing financial products for a wide array of commercial real estate developments, including retail shopping centers, hotels, multi-family housing, for-sale housing, warehouses, office buildings, faith-based corporations, social services providers and quasi-government agencies. She currently serves as a board member of National Equity Fund.

Lucinda Starrett

Lucinda Starrett is a partner in the Los Angeles law offices of Latham & Watkins, where she is a member and former chair of the office’s Environmental, Land and Resources Department. She co-chairs the Land Use Practice Group and the Climate Change Practice Group. Her practice includes approval for real estate development and infrastructure projects, advising on government contract issues, as well as related environmental and transactional matters. Her California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) practice focuses on administrative and pre-litigation counseling. Starrett served as the Chair of the Central City Association and was a founding board member of Genesis LA, a nonprofit devoted to economic development activities. Her community activities include service on the board of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, which supports parks and recreation activities. She has been recognized as both a Leading Woman in Real Estate and as a Woman of Achievement by the Century City Chamber of Commerce, and named among the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal. Ms. Starrett graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1979 and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984. She served as executive director of a University of Pennsylvania-Princeton study of philanthropy and was a Fulbright Scholar, studying women’s roles in politics in developing countries.

Ronne Thielen

Ronne Lynn Thielen is Executive Vice President of R4 Capital Inc., responsible for running west coast operations as well as acquiring tax-credit housing and bond-financed properties throughout the United States. Thielen has spent her 35-year real estate finance and investment career as an affordable housing advocate and has been a LIHTC industry leader since inception of the program in 1986. She also served as managing director in the Affordable Housing Group at Centerline Capital Group, where she managed its California office and grew its LIHTC portfolio into the largest segment of the company’s tax-credit portfolio.

Thielen is the current chairman and immediate past president of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, and remains an active member of several national and state associations that address affordable housing issues. She is past chairman and current board member of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, and a board member of the California Housing Consortium. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University.

Feng Xiao

Feng Xiao is principal for the architectural design firm of Torti Gallas in Los Angeles, where she is Head of Architecture for projects located in the western United States. She has a depth of experience in residential, commercial, retail and urban revitalization projects, all the while focusing her design vision on natural settings that extend beyond building walls. Her international experience includes work in China, and since joining Torti Gallas, she has led several of the firm’s high-profile residential and mixed-use projects. Xiao is a registered architect in California and Maryland. She earned a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tianjin University in China.

Aldava, Eugene: Director, Human Resources & Administration

Aliano, Gio: Vice President, Architecture

Aslan, Tamra: Junior Designer

Ayasta, Richard: Property Supervisor

Beltran, Danilo: Accountant

Benson, Holly: Executive Vice President & COO

Chao, Jason: Designer/Job Captain

Cho, Wei: Junior Designer

Convento, Ernest: Project Designer

Corona, Verenice: Associate Accountant

Cortez, Lupe: Project Management Associate

Dobbs, Megan: Accounting Associate

Flores, Raeven: Senior Project Manager

Folland, Megan: Director, Communication & Fund Development

Garcia, Miguel: Senior Project Manager

Hernas, Lucyna: Property Supervisor

Horsford, Chad: Business Development Associate

Hughes, Robin: President & CEO

Hung, Candice: Project Manager

Jimenez, Angelica: Property Management Assistant

Jones, Natashka: Services Coordinator

Kasumyan, Anna: Services Coordinator

Laforteza, Flor: Controller

Lauff, Karl: Director, Portfolio Management

McGhee, Faith: Lead Compliance Specialist

Murphy-Boyd, Connor: Junior Designer

Pang, Joyce: Associate Accountant

Pardini, Ilaria: HR Generalist & Payroll Manager

Park, Kimberly: Grants Manager

Pearson, Maegan: Senior Project Manager

Poli, Laura: Accounts Payable Specialist

Qiu, Cindy: Senior Accountant

Regus, Lara: Senior Vice President, Development

Reyes, Patrick: Asset Manager

Rodriguez, Miguel: Senior Job Captain

Rodriguez, Rene: Senior Project Manager

Saperstein, Rick: Executive Vice President & CFO

Soto, Luz: Vice President, Property Management & Resident Services

Toro, Noel: Senior Job Captain

Vernon, Summer: Communications & Fund Development Associate

Ventura, Jessica: Administrative Assistant

White, Rhonda: Accountant

Wright, Leslie: Property Supervisor

Who we serve: Families

We value our residents. By observing and learning learn from their diversity and shared experiences, we are able to enhance the design, development and operation of communities that promote personal growth, family stability, and community pride.

Helping children thrive

Children in low-income families are disproportionately affected by the lack of quality, affordable housing. Their safety is endangered when they play in dilapidated, unsecured and unsupervised areas. They are more vulnerable to illness from asbestos, contaminated water, lead poisoning or other hazards. Their futures are at risk as well. Research shows that when children live in poor housing conditions or must move frequently, their education suffers.

We work with communities to assess their needs and coordinate with a network of local organizations, volunteers and government agencies to link children, youth, families and adults with social, educational, cultural and recreational services.

At Abode Communities family housing developments, we work in partnership with community groups to offer children and youth services such as:

  • After-School Education: tutoring, mentoring and computer education.
  • Child Care and Early Childhood Education: on-site, free and subsidized care for toddlers and infants of residents and of families in the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Enrichment Programs: cultural and recreational programming, including theatre arts, sports and arts and crafts.
  • Youth Leadership Activities: empowerment programs focused on developing academic skills, personal leadership and entrepreneurial values.

The combination of safe, well-designed housing and academic and enrichment programs designed for children and youth helps reduce the educational achievement gap, with long-term benefits not only to our resident children, but also to our nation’s overall economic competitiveness.

What we achieve: Great neighborhoods

We value projects that transform and revitalize neighborhoods and will be a catalyst for progressive and positive physical, social and economic change.

Neighborhood Impact

The communities in which we work have usually experienced tremendous disinvestment. As we focus on place-based changes through affordable housing and supportive resources, we have witnessed how investment in neighborhoods, is a catalyst for stronger communities.

Many of those struggling to make ends meet live in neighborhoods with lack of adequate housing and community resources, and are among the hardworking individuals many of us rely on each day – janitors, child care providers, bank tellers, nurses’ aides, security guards, retail clerks, truck drivers and teachers. The average incomes for these, and far too many other workers, are simply not enough to pay the rent on most apartment units in our urban areas. It is even more difficult for working parents to make ends meet, as the cost of child care is an additional, and expensive, burden.

Through comprehensive revitalization and placemaking, Abode Communities transforms entire neighborhoods and provides safe and stable homes for families. Building a better life and pursuing opportunity begins with having a place to live, and for more than four decades, Abode Communities has provided thousands of families with affordable homes.

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August 14, 2014
KABC Evening News Highlights Riverwalk at Reseda, Abode Communities’ Newest Affordable Family Development Featuring 77 Homes

August 13, 2014
Riverwalk at Reseda, Abode Communities’ Newest Affordable Family Development Featuring 77 Homes, Featured in Daily News

April 29, 2014
Holly Benson Featured in Pasadena Weekly Article Discussing the Shortage of Affordable Housing for Seniors in the City of Pasadena

April 17, 2014
Abode Communities’ VP, Housing Development Holly Benson Featured on KPCC Discussing Housing Affordability in Los Angeles

November 1, 2013
Los Angeles Downtown News Features Hope Street Margolis Family Center Designed By Abode Communities Architecture

October 10, 2013
Abode Communities Collaborates with Trust South L.A. on Community-Driven Transit Oriented Development Guide

July 22, 2013
Terra Bella, Abode Communities’ Newest Affordable Senior Development, Featured on LA Now

June 6, 2013
Abode Communities’ Newest Affordable Senior Development Opens in Bell Gardens

May 30, 2013
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Joins Abode Communities for Grand Opening of Terra Bella

April 19, 2013
Evergreen, Three Rehabilitated Multi Family Affordable Developments, Opens in Long Beach

March 15, 2013
Grand Re-Opening of Abode Communities’ Evergreen Apartments Highlighted on EverythingLongBeach.com

March 12, 2013
Abode Communities President & CEO Robin Hughes Discusses the Need for Affordable Housing in Los Angeles with NBC Southern California

January 17, 2013
Robin Hughes Comments on the Future of Affordable Housing Financing on EGPNews.com

January 16, 2013
President & CEO Robin Hughes Offers Opening Remarks at Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing

January 15, 2013
Los Angeles Wave Interviews Robin Hughes Regarding Mayoral Candidates’ Stance on Affordable Housing

November 27, 2012
Casa Dominguez Reimagines Concept of Affordable Housing

November 11, 2012
Joint-Use Glassell Park Apartments Pairs Early Education Center with Affordable Housing”

November 1, 2012
Abode Communities Presented with “Outstanding Affordable Project” Award by U.S. Green Building Council

October 2, 2012
Abode Communities’ Hudson Oaks Selected as Senior Housing Project of the Year by Pasadena Star-News

September 12, 2012
TRUST South L.A. and Abode Communities Acquire Rolland Curtis Gardens Affordable Housing Development

August 17, 2012
Abode Communities’ Beyond Homes Resident Services a Hit at Las Brisas

May 12, 2012
Abode Communities and Century Housing Welcome Hudson Oaks

April 23, 2012
Rio Vista Featured in the “Modern Design for Affordable Homes” Article Published by American City and County

April 9, 2012
Rio Vista Apartments Touted as Broadband Communities Property of the Month

April 1, 2012
Abode Communities Partners with LAUSD on First Joint-Use Affordable Housing Development on School District Surplus Land “

March 2, 2012
Abode Communities Embarks on $25.8M in Renovations for Affordable Housing Developments in Long Beach

March 2, 2012
Abode Communities’ Evergreen Apartments Receives $25.8M in Renovations in the City of Long Beach

February 29, 2012
Abode Communities and Long Beach Housing Development Company Partner to Renovate Three Affordable Housing Developments

February 28, 2012
Revitalization of Evergreen Apartments Brings Much-Needed Upgrades to Long Beach Affordable Housing Properties

February 28, 2012
Rio Vista, Abode Communities’ Joint-Use Development Combining Early Education and Affordable Housing, Highlighted in Multi-Housing News

February 14, 2012
Councilman Eric Garcetti Joins Abode Communities for Grand Opening of Rio Vista Apartments

January 31, 2012
ArchitectureWeek Spotlights Abode Communities’ LEED Platinum Development Rio

November 9, 2011
Casa Dominguez Solar Installations Featured in Los Angeles Times

September 30, 2011
Multi-Housing News Spotlights Abode Communities’’ “Green Living Youth Program” at Ivy Terrace”

August 1, 2011
President & CEO Robin Hughes Named “Champion of Affordable Housing” by National Real Estate Investor

August 1, 2011
Abode Communities’ Award Winning Development Casa Dominguez Featured on National Real Estate Investor”

January 1, 2011
Robin Hughes, CEO and President, Discusses Green Living Youth Program at Ivy Terrace”

November 27, 2010
Glassell Park Community Housing Featured in the Los Angeles Times

November 23, 2010
Robin Hughes, Abode Communities President, Chosen as Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day”

October 27, 2010
Abode Communities Awarded $4 Million by U.S. Treasury

October 11, 2010
Ivy Terrace Opens in Van Nuys

July 30, 2010
California Construction Highlights Our LEED Platinum Certification

June 3, 2010
Five Developments Making Eco-Friendly Living Affordable

June 15, 2010
Casa Dominguez Hits Globe Street

April 10, 2010
The Los Angeles Times Features Our Newest Affordable Community, Casa Dominguez

March 10, 2010
Read about our newest affordable community, Casa Dominguez, on The Green Architecture and Building Report (GAB Report)

American Planning Association
Planning Implementation Award
Lohart Neighborhood
Revitalization Plan, 1999

Social Change and Diversity Award
New Dana Strand, 2008

Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals
Hermes Creative Award, OpEd, 2013

Black Business Association
Executive Leadership Award, 2013

California Community Foundation
Unsung Hero Award, 2009

California Council of the American Institute of Architects
Community Housing and Assistance Honor Award 1995, 1996

California Preservation Foundation
Design Award
Mary Andrews Clark Residence, 1995

Design Award
Young Apartments, 1996

California Redevelopment Association
Award for Excellence in Multi-family Housing
Las Brisas Community Housing, Phase I, 2006
Award for Excellence in Multi-family Housing
Grisham Community Housing, 2005
Award for Excellence in Multi-family Housing
Orange Grove Gardens, 2007

City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission
Historic Preservation Award of Excellence
Mary Andrews Clark Residence, 1996

City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Volunteer Service, 1979

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Federal Housing Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award, 1994

Best Practices Award, Community Planning and Development
Lohart Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, 1999

Great Western Financial Corporation
Leslie N. Shaw, Sr. Memorial Award, 1988

Gold Nugget “Best in the West”
Award of Merit
Mary Andrews Clark Residence, 1995
City of Los Angeles Community Development Department
Award of Excellence in Community Development Block Grant Programs, 1997

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Founder’s Award, 1989

Los Angeles Business Council
Beautification Award for Remodeled Multi-family Residence
Hollywood El Centro, 1996
Beautification Award for Remodeled Multi-family Residence
Mary Andrews Clark Residence, 1995
Beautification Award for Historic Preservation
Young Apartments, 1996

National Real Estate Investor
Outstanding Women in Real Estate, Champion of Affordable Housing – Robin Hughes, 2011

Senior Housing Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California
SAGE Merit Award Winner – Project of the Year
Heritage Court Apartments, 2001

Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing
Project of the Year, Orange Grove Gardens, 2006
Project of the Year, Heritage Court Apartments, 2001
Developer of the Year, 1996
Project of the Year, Hollywood El Centro, 1995
Project of the Year, Young Apartments, 1995
Project of the Year, Orange Grove Gardens 2006
Project of the Year, Hart Village 2008
Developer of the Year, 2009
Project of the Year, Casa Dominguez, 2010
Project of the Year, Ivy Terrace, 2011
Senior Housing Project of the Year, Hudson Oaks, 2012

U.S. Green Building Council
LEED for Homes Platinum, Casa Dominguez, 2010
LEED for Homes Platinum, Ivy Terrace, 2011
Best Affordable Project, LEED for Homes, Rio Vista, 2012

U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles
Sustainable Innovation Award – Water Efficiency, Casa Dominguez, 2011
Sustainable Innovation Award – Innovation in Design Honorable Mention, Casa Dominguez, 2011
Sustainable Innovation Award – Sustainable Sites, Rio Vista, 2012

Women in Business
Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director – Robin Hughes, 2012

Rolland Curtis Gardens: A Guide to Community-Driven Transit Oriented Development Planning

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In these difficult times, your contributions mean so much more.

Beyond Homes, the Abode Communities resident services program, must now fill an even greater void for families who have experienced jobs loss, have limited access to support services, or may be on the verge of homelessness.

Your donation can support on-site services that make hop a reality for the families who call Abode Communities’ developments “home.”

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Abode Communities
1149 S. Hill Street, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Abode Communities would like to thank the following corporations, organizations and individuals for their generous support and for helping us build hope.

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
Agiliant, Inc.
Alpha Construction Co. Inc.
Arroyo Insurance Services
Bank of America
Binney, Chase & Van Horne, Inc.
Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Broadway Federal Bank
California Community Foundation
California Community Reinvestment Corporation
Capital One
Center for Creative Land Recycling
Century Housing
Citi Community Capital
Citi Foundation
Community Development Department of the City of Los Angeles
Community Economics
Coory Engineering
Craig Lawson & Co., LLC
Dreyfuss Construction
Egan | Simon Architecture
Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise Green Communities
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
Felman, Daggenhurst & El Dabe
Gabriel’s Carpets
Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP
JPMorgan Chase
Latham & Watkins
LINC Housing
Low Income Investment Fund
Manufacturers Bank
Ming Yang Yeh & Associates, Inc.
Morley Builders
MVE Institutional, Inc.
NDH Search Worldwide
ParexUSA/La Habra Stucco
Pasadena Community Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Reznick Group
Seabreeze Landscaping
Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Total Maintenance Group, Inc.
Turner Construction
U.S. Bancorp Community Development
U.S. Bank
U.S. Treasury Department
Union Bank
Union Bank Foundation
US Bancorp Foundation
US Green Building Council
Walton Construction Services
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Foundation

Individual Supporters

Victoria Basolo
Holly Benson
Bill & Claire Bogaard
Maria Bustria-Glickman
Ted Chandler & Julie Solberg
Helen Dunlap
Ben Espitia
Thomas Fasset
Gail Goldberg
Gerald Hart
Robin & Michael Hughes
Dion Jackson
Vic Kasumyan
Ken & Kimberly Krug
Sandra Kulli
Rick Saperstein & Caroline King-Saperstein
Lisa Schoepflin
Cindy Starrett
William Syrkin
Ronne Thielen
Myron & Victoria Weisse
Leslie Wright
Feng Xiao
Rick Yeganel

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Senior Housing and Special Needs

Hudson Oaks, originally built in 1971, was rendered uninhabitable after a devastating fire in 2005. In a major rehabilitation and modernization, Abode Communities has maximized affordability and increased resident quality of life by combining its high-quality standard of living with Project-Based Section 8; reconnecting the site to its surrounding neighborhood and adjacent Washington Park; and providing on-going resident services for active, independent and healthy aging.

The development operates 56% more efficiently than California Title 24 standards, providing substantial utility cost savings directly to residents. Sustainability highlights include a bioswale for site drainage; solar thermal pre-heat combined with central boiler system; and a photovoltaic system that feeds all common area electricity.


Senior Housing, Rehabilitation & Modernization
24,982 square feet, residential1,126 square feet, common area

44, one-bedroom, one two bedroom


38 spaces


Seniors earning at or below 30% of Area Median Income


Accessibility upgrades, community room opening into central courtyard, private balconies and porches, on-site property management, laundry


LEED® for Homes Platinum


Case management; benefit assistance; health, nutrition and wellness workshops; social activities; financial education; and gardening club


California Community Reinvestment Corporation
California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
Century Housing
City of Pasadena Housing Department
County of Los Angeles
Enterprise Green Communities
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
Los Angeles County Innovation Fund
Pasadena Water and Power
Preservation Partners & Affiliates
Southern California Gas Company
Wells Fargo

March 2012