Singing "We Shall Overcome" and clasping hands to form a giant circle, more than 100 community and church members celebrated Thursday the dedication of a soon-to-be-opened senior housing complex on West 85th Street in South Los Angeles, one of the hardest-hit areas in the 1992 riots.
"There is something good that can come out of South-Central Los Angeles," said Rev. Edward Howard. "We had a vision, and the Bible said without a vision, we will perish."
Painted bright lemon yellow, the nearly completed structure is a 106-unit apartment complex for seniors at least 62 years old who have fixed incomes of $17,950 or less if they are single, and $20,000 or less for married couples.
The rent per unit is $549 a month and includes two meals a day. Seniors are scheduled to start moving into the building in mid-May, officials said. Already, 40 people have signed up to live in the new apartments.