- Terelle Jerricks
LONG BEACH — On March 14, the Long Beach Housing Development Co. and developer Abode Communities celebrated the grand re-opening of Evergreen Apartments, three multi-family developments that provide affordable housing for 180 residents.
The sites are The Palm, The Sage and The Jasmine, at 1801 E. 68th St., 1823 E. 68th St. and 1528 N. Freeman Ave., respectively.
The major renovation effort included a new tot lot, new roofs, new landscaping, building façade improvements, new apartment interiors, and high-efficiency mechanical and plumbing. Residents will have access to after-school programs, computer and job training and adult education programs at little or no cost.
Abode Communities purchased the properties from The Long Beach Housing Development Company in 1999.
Abode Communities offers a full-time resident services program that helps families and individuals create a path toward greater self-sufficiency. On-site resident services will include after-school programs; computer training; resource and referrals to healthcare, job training and adult education programs; employment preparation and assistance; financial education; educational workshops; and community outreach events.
Extending the long-term affordability of these properties for a term of 55 years, Evergreen Apartments create safe, healthy and viable neighborhoods. Nearly 180 residents are currently living at the sites, with each household earning between $27,518 and $30,862 or 50 percent to 60 percent of Area Median Income.