05/28/2010 03:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Fulfilling Our Promise to the Greatest Generation

Today, I stood with Rudy Montiel, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), to celebrate the grand opening of the Manchester, a new affordable housing community for seniors. My administration is fully committed to Los Angeles' seniors citizens, because we believe it is the responsibility of an entire community to make sure our seniors - our parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles - are able to stand on their own two feet and live in a dignified manner even while living on a fixed income.

The Manchester has been transformed into an updated and modernized community of 28 one-bedroom apartments. Tenants will be expected to pay 30% of their household monthly income, with adjustments made for medical expenses that exceed 3% of annual gross income. The site features controlled access, laundry facilities, double-paned windows, and EnergyStar appliances in all units.
Opening these 28 units here at the Manchester moves, us closer to fulfilling our promise to the "greatest generation" and it also moves us closer to meeting our goal of building and preserving 20,000 affordable units citywide over the next five years.

Working with HACLA, we will open another newly renovated apartment complex for seniors and the disabled in North Hollywood this summer. HACLA will also break ground this summer on phase three of the Dana Strand Senior Apartments. In addition to providing affordable housing, Dana Strand Apartments will be equipped to provide computer, ESL and financial literacy classes, as well as recreational health and wellness programs. So today is really just the beginning of our summer push to ensure our seniors have access to quality, affordable housing.

Our seniors should never worry that their lifetimes of hard work and responsibility somehow won't pay off during their twilight years. Together, we can ensure that all seniors have a safe and comfortable place to call home.