Christian Bale Breaks Ground on AC Martin-Designed Foster Care Housing

Christian Bale Breaks Ground on AC Martin-Designed Foster Care Housing

Photographed above left to right: Tim McCormick, Executive Director, Together California; Dr. Eric Esrailian, Co-Founder, Together California; Nancy Katano, Senior Executive Director, Special Projects, UCLA; Tom Hsieh, CEO/President, AC Martin; Christian and Sibi Bale, Co-Fournders, Together California; Gilbert Rocca, Principal, AC Martin; Rogelio Cortes, Architect, AC Martin.



A groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the beginning of an important foster care housing project in Palmdale, CA. Together California is co-founded by Christian Bale, Sibi Bale, and Dr. Eric Esrailian with the commitment of keeping siblings in foster care united and thriving together. Supervisor Kathryn Barger of the 5th Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County, and the Honorable Mayor of Palmdale, Austin Bishop were in attendance along with other

The village includes 12 thoughtfully crafted townhome units, providing a healthy and secure environment for children to grow and flourish. In addition, 2 studio units provide flexible living arrangements for young adults transitioning out of foster care, ensuring that every child's unique needs are met with compassion and care. A 7,000 square foot Community Building includes a Multi-Purpose Room for various activities and a Learning Lab to nurture the educational growth of the children. The Community Building also includes a fully-equipped kitchen, administrative offices, case manager workspaces, and a conference room to create a dynamic space for collaboration and communication while providing the necessary services for the children to thrive. Construction for the Together California Village in Palmdale is estimated to be complete in 2025.

"AC Martin is honored to collaborate with Together California, led by the passionate and visionary Christian Bale, Dr. Eric Esrailian, and Tim McCormick, on this transformative model for a foster home community in Palmdale which allows siblings to remain connected and support each other. This project is a testament to the power of design in creating spaces that nurture the bonds of family and the community. Together, we strive to build not just structures, but havens for love and support where children can regain trust, confidence, and embrace an optimistic future.” - Tom Hsieh, CEO/President, AC Martin

See Christian Bale speaking about his passion for the project in the broadcast news clip below:

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Rendering of the 12 townhomes and the Community Building