Plaza Ysabel “Mac” Ortiz II is CCF’s second project in the City of El Monte and honors 19-year-old native of El Monte killed during the Korean War. In 2019, he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Plaza Ysabel “Mac” Ortiz II provides 53 units of 100% affordable housing and community services, including a Si Se Puede Learning Center, Chavez Foundation’s flagship afterschool program for K-5 students, residential services spaces, a recreational meeting space, and conference and meeting rooms.

Marlee Martinez, who grew up in El Monte and has recently returned from the high desert, now lives in Plaza Ortiz II. She shares how relocating to Plaza Ortiz has significantly transformed her life and her family’s.

In her own words:

“Living in Plaza Ortiz has positively changed my family’s life. Our new home has brought us closer together and provided great educational and healthcare opportunities. The community is welcoming, and the secure apartments give us peace of mind. Having my mother close by has been a great support. Moving here has allowed me to focus on my studies and has brought us new opportunities and support. I highly recommend Plaza Ortiz to anyone looking for a welcoming community, better educational opportunities, and improved healthcare access.”

Watch the video below to hear from Marlee and learn how the Chavez Foundation inspires and transforms communities through affordable housing.