Historic downtown buildings that house homeless families from Pasadena and Glendale are now showing the planet some love.
On Thursday, Union Station Homeless Services unveiled the eco-friendly renovation of Euclid Villa, funded by a $1.18 million Los Angeles County Community Development Commission grant.
Among other improvements, the 14-unit complex near the Pasadena Convention Center received solar panels, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, new flooring, a garden makeover with drought-tolerant plants and a padded-cork surface for its playground.
Pasadena Water and Power contributed water- and energy-saving appliances for each apartment.
Euclid Villa serves both the Pasadena and Glendale housing agencies and takes an equal number of families from each city.
Since 1999, 117 families — 100 of them led by single moms — have spent between six months and two years at Euclid Villa before obtaining permanent housing, said Union Station Executive Director Marvin Gross. That’s 338 people, 211 of them children, he said.