With its stairs replaced by ramps, its bathrooms modified and the addition of a training room, a Van Nuys home has been converted into a temporary residence for the disabled.
The nonprofit Darrell McDaniel Independent Living Center bought the home, with a capacity of seven residents, last year and plans to open it next week, Norma Jean Vescovo, the organization's executive director, said at a dedication Wednesday.
The residents, who will not be charged, will be assisted in finding regular housing as quickly as possible, she said.
The group, which helps disabled Californians from its offices in Van Nuys, Lancaster and Bakersfield, said the shelter is the only one of its kind in Los Angeles County.
The group bought the house in the 14100 block of Haynes Street for $120,000, using a $90,000 state grant and a $30,000 loan from a local savings and loan, Vescovo said. The City of Los Angeles also loaned about $30,000 for renovation of the structure, she said.