The Golden Years
I like the fact that I live in a neighborhood with a sizeable number of older people. In all honesty, I don't have any close relationships with senior citizens in South Pasadena. Thena and I have played music for residents at Prospect Manor on a couple of occasions. Perhaps I should try a little harder to strike up a conversation with the older people around me. I can definitely tell you that the people at Prospect Manor seemed delighted that younger people were spending time with them.
Residents living in South Pasadena's only senior housing complex are demanding the city put a stop to a new owner's plans to turn their modest units into luxury apartments.
Eviction papers have already been sent out to a handful of occupants at the Golden Oaks Apartments at 1000 El Centro St. — including all who receive federal Section 8 housing assistance — explaining they will have to leave their homes by Oct. 1.
Those remaining, such as 86-year-old Peggy O'Neil, have received notice of rental increases of up to 33 percent.
O'Neil's rent would climb to $1,250 a month. On a Social Security budget, “It means I can't do anything foolish — like take a vacation,” she said.
But while residents have said the new prices could force them from their units, the rents are expected to hit $2,200 per month when the building is renovated and a gym, library, movie theater and beauty salon are added.
Residents said the new amenities prove the building is no longer for them. “Some of the people here are 90 years old,” said resident Jean Ackerman. “What do we need with a gym?” As for books, she noted that the city library is right across the street.
I'll leave you with another exerpt from the article:
I sure hope the owners treated their kids well...
The owners, who did not return calls by press time, have until Oct. 4 to respond to the requests.
But not everyone has that long. Jesus Arellano's 90-year-old mother, Maria, must be out by Oct. 1. She receives less than $800 per month in Social Security, and Section 8 funding pays two-thirds of her housing costs.
The new owners will not accept her vouchers, and Arellano said trying to find a new place for his mother has been heartbreaking.
He said she was hit by a moving bus last year and is now unable to prepare meals for herself.
Arellano, his brother and daughter visit Maria three times a day in shifts and she must be relocated to somewhere near his Alhambra home. So far, he's found nothing in surrounding cities.