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What We Do

CVC serves as steward, manager, and coordinator for the 27 acre campus community. CVC creates the physical and social conditions where collaborating programs can succeed in overcoming homelessness.  As a social enterprise, CVC engages in property management, real estate development, and community development activities, all uniformly geared around the vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness. See our brochure for more.

Real Estate Development

As steward of the 27 acre campus community geared around a vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness, CVC is actively engaged in managing and developing real estate. Over the past 12 years, CVC has managed the rehabilitation and new development of more than 333,000 SF of housing and supportive service space that today serves more than 1,500 individuals on any given day, including more than 400 children.  These projects include the following, among others:

  • Century Villages at Cabrillo Phase I: $8.5 million renovation of former Naval housing units, supportive services space, and administrative space.  Completed in 2001.  Private funding through permanent mortgage from Century Housing Corporation.
  • Long Beach Savannah HousingLong Beach Savannah Housing: $10.4 million renovation of former Naval housing units into transitional housing programs for Veterans and non-Veterans.  Completed in 2001.  Private funding through low income housing tax credit equity investment by John Hancock and permanent mortgage from Century Housing Corporation.
    View Long Beach Savannah Housing Flyer (PDF)
  • The Plaza (Casa de Cabrillo): $15.8 million new construction of 200 efficiencies for Veteran permanent housing.  Completed in 2004.  Private funding through low income housing tax credit equity investment by John Hancock and permanent mortgage from Century Housing Corporation.
    View The Plaza (Casa de Cabrillo) Flyer (PDF)
  • Bethune Transitional Center: $1.0 million construction of 3,360 SF homeless education program facility for homeless students within the Long Beach Unified School District.  Completed in 2006.  HUD CDBG funding through the 4th District of the County of Los Angeles (Supervisor Don Knabe).
  • Oasis Community Center: $30,000 renovation of existing campus bungalow to house the California State University at Long Beach’s Oasis Community Center program.  Completed in 2008.  Public funding through HUD.
  • Family CommonsFamily Commons at Cabrillo: $32.5 million new construction of 81 affordable apartment homes and more than 8,000 SF of community space.  Completed in 2009.  Private funding through low income housing tax credit equity investment by John Hancock and permanent mortgages from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and from Century Housing Corporation.  Public funding from the City of Long Beach Housing Development Company.
    View Family Commons Flyer (PDF)
    View Family Commons Development Information (PDF)
  • KaBOOM! Playspace: $100,000 construction of 5,000 SF playspace that serves the campus’ 400+ children.  Facility consists of playground, community garden, murals, shade structures, tetherball, and other amenities.  Completed in 2009.  Funding through private and public sources.
    View KaBOOM! recognition photo
  • Knabe Exchange Renovation: $1.0 million renovation of former Naval Exchange facility. Completed in 2010.  Public funding from the County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach.
    Knabe Kitchen Renovation Information (PDF)
  • Family Shelter I and II: $5.0 million new construction of an 8,485 SF emergency shelter complex operated by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.  Completed in 2012.  Public funding from the State of California (EHAP/CD), County of Los Angeles, Ahmanson Foundation, Weingart Foundation, and Murphy Foundation.
    Knabe Kitchen Renovation Information (PDF)
  • Academy Hall Apartments: $9.0 million acquisition and rehabilitation of 45 service-enriched apartment homes in South Los Angeles.  LIHTC equity investment by Credit Capital and the Richman Group, tax exempt bonds issued by the Los Angeles Housing Department and purchased by Bank of America, junior mortgage by Century Housing, and GP equity investment by Century Housing.  Academy Hall Renovation

Property Management

CVC operates a full service property management business that serves the 27 acre campus.
The Century Villages Property Management (CVPM) team consists of approximately 21 individuals across the property management, maintenance and janitorial departments.  Together, the CVPM team manages over 600 affordable homes and thousands of square feet of related support space on the campus.  The CVPM team interacts daily with the CVC’s resident and service provider populations and provides mission-driven, enhanced property management within a supportive housing setting.  To learn more about CVC’s community development activities, please call 562-388-8000.

Community Development

In addition to its role as developer and manager, CVC serves in a community development capacity on the campus.  CVC’s Community Development team is at the heart of the organization’s mission and helps to develop a strong sense of community, strengthen our on-site collaboration, and deliver essential supportive services to our residents.  The Community Development group serves two distinct clientele: (1) It serves as the necessary connective tissue between our service provider community and (2) It addresses client programming gaps by delivering critical services to our residents.  Listed below are the 6 core functions of CVC’s Community Development activities at the Villages at Cabrillo:


  • Life skills workshops
  • Case management
  • After school programming


  • Social gatherings
  • Community festivals


  • Facilitation of Villages at Cabrillo Collaborative
  • Coordination of monthly Programs meeting
  • Support of Youth Advisory Group


  • Social Impact Report
  • Resident Surveys


  • Establishing new partnerships
  • Coordination of CSULB faculty and students
  • Volunteer coordination


  • The Village Anchor newsletter
  • Anchor TV station
  • Website updates
  • Social media

To learn more about CVC’s community development activities, please call 562-388-8000 or download the CVC Community Guide.