Affordable housing developer to transform Boyle Heights block

Las Alturas (left) and The Whittier/Rendering Courtesy Retirement Housing Foundation

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Thursday for The Whittier,  a 60-unit affordable housing complex that will rise four-stories  above Whittier Boulevard near Esperanza Street in Boyle Heights. But Retirement Housing Foundation is now working to finance a  second affordable housing project on the same block down the street from Odd Fellows Cemetery. Unlike  the $24 million Whittier apartments, which are geared to low-income families, the second project, the 78-unit Las Alturas, will house senior citizens. Together the pair of four-story buildings will dramatically alter the look of a block that had been dominated by  one-story auto repairs shops and parking lots.

Retirement Housing Foundation spokeswoman Chris Ragon said the firm should know by April if it will receive the necessary federal tax credits to help build  Las Alturas. If the tax credits are awarded,  construction on Las Alturas could begin next spring.

In addition to The Whitter, which will include a community room, outdoor recreation area and a level of parking,  and Las Alturas, Retirement Housing Foundation has built two other affordable housing projects in Boyle Heights: Heights: the 75-unit Rio Vista Village for families and Colonia Jess Lopez, which includes 88 apartments for seniors.


  1. There is definitely a difference between altering something and an altar.

  2. I note, before you say “affordable” housing is geared to low income people, you better check the actual rents. The city calls $1,600 a month for a mere typical one-bedroom apartment “affordable” and will actually subsidize construction at that price! And that is an outrageous price for a one-bedroom unit.

    So, this “affordable” housing might decidedly be pricing low income people right out!

    • RHF does not charge 1600 for a one bedroom 4 to 500 dollars is what being charged for 3 bedroom that is big, gorgeous, and spacious…

  3. Yeah the “Low Income” literally means you have to be almost living in the streets. Then still the rental is outrages.

  4. When are they going to open ?

  5. who qulifies for these apartments and how much will the rent be?

    • anyone can apply the rent is based on how much income you and your family make….also depending on your income will be charged either 30 or 40 percent rent on your income

  6. Does anyone know what the pet policy is?

  7. Ive been callin for this property at least once every three weeks and they cant tell me weather Im aproved or not I’m polite and cordial everytime I call. We are a family of five and this apartment can really helps us! but they cant seem to simply just tell me your approved or denied how much longer do I have to wait? I submitted my application since june of this year and still no answer.

  8. Can someone give me the number to call for an application or where can I get more information on the rent of the apartments ..Thank you

  9. I live around the corner from these apartments on Whittier & Lorena and have been eyeballing this building since they started making it. Does anyone know the number to call to apply?

  10. Where could I apply for an application ? Is it available online or do I have to go in person and fill out an application ?

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *