A grand opening ceremony was held last week for The Whittier, a $24 million affordable housing complex intended for low-income families. But don’t bother stopping by the leasing office to check on vacancies. After hanging only a banner from the building announcing that leasing had begun, an estimated 1,500 applications were submitted for the 60 apartments, with rents ranging from $357 for a one-bedroom apartment to $922 for a three-bedroom unit, according to Retirement Housing Foundation, a nonprofit developer of housing for low-income residents. It took only 20 days in December to lease the four-story building located on Whitttier Boulevard near Esperanza Street, said foundation spokesperson Chris Ragon.
With The Whittier completed and filled, Retirement Housing Foundation is now in the process of finishing and taking rental applications for an affordable, senior-apartment complex next door, the 78-unit Las Alturas. Based on the response to The Whittier, and promoted with advertising, Las Alturas is expected to receive 2,500 applications, Ragon said. “In the advertising we make it clear that we won’t accept applications for Las Alturas before April 1st – but they can call, e-mail or visit RHF The Whittier, to get an application to fill out.”