On the first day applications were accepted, a bus was dispatched to provide a ride to applicants in need of transportation. "My hope is that this building serves as a beacon to communities to address the needs of LGBT older Americans," says Williams.
(Under fair housing laws, the process was first come, first served.) Nine out of 10 residents at the John C. "Here I get to be me openly and unapologetically." In June, 2007, 104 units of housing debuted near the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The space became even more stunning when, early on, residents asked if they could take over the garden — and then replaced the landscaper and won prestigious gardening awards.
Because Segal had no development experience, his company, DMH Fund, joined forces with Penrose Partners, a local affordable housing developer, to demolish an old building and construct the 67 one-bedroom apartments.
The project received million in grants from the city, million from the state and .5 million in low-income housing tax credits. While the developers are proud of the building's ceramic tiled baths, wall-to-wall carpeting and open floor plans in its sun-filled units, what makes the building particularly special was that members of the community were active participants throughout the design and construction phases.
Eight out of 10 have an annual income of less than ,000, and 9 percent report having been homeless at some point in their lives.
Government subsidies mean that a resident's rent amounts to no more than 30 percent of his or her income.