Marv’s Place, a Pasadena apartment house for homeless families, has been recognized as the Supportive Housing Project of the Year by the Southern California Association on Non-Profit Housing.    

The project is named in honor of Rabbi Marvin Gross, who was CEO of Union Station Homeless Services for 21 years before retiring earlier this year. 

Located at Union Street and Mar Vista Avenue, Marv’s Place provides 20 fully furnished units of affordable housing, as well as supportive on and offsite services designed to help residents rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services, a Pasadena nonprofit, will provide career development, case management, money management classes, mental health services, substance abuse services, health care and green education to residents. 

Pasadena Housing and Career Services Director William Huang said tenants began moving into the apartments last month. Construction costs for the project were $12.4 million, with funding from a combination of low-income housing tax credits and city of Pasadena and Los Angeles County housing funds. National CORE, a nonprofit developer, is the project’s builder. Its architect is Pasadena-based Onyx Archiects.

Marv’s Place, Huang said, is “the only new construction permanent supportive housing development in the Pasadena area available for formerly homeless families.”