INGLEWOOD — A newly renovated senior apartment complex is being championed as an example of quality low-income housing.
The Good Shepherd Homes on Centinela Avenue held a grand re-opening ceremony Nov. 22.
“I saw this place for a long time before I retired and moved here. I didn’t really know everything that was back here,” said Deetta Champ, who has lived at the Good Shepherd Homes since 2015. “It’s home. I’m glad God put me here.”
“It’s always been a beautiful location,” said City Councilman Alex Padilla. “In 2015, they decided they were going to improve on a good product because they could see where Inglewood was headed and they want to be a part of that dynamic change.
“They put in roughly $3 million to make these upgrades so we can have quality affordable housing for our seniors.”
Champ moved into the apartment complex in 2015, just before the announcement was made that Good Shepherd Housing Development Corporation was going to renovate all 70 apartments.
Initially, Champ said she thought her apartment was fine and that it didn’t need to be renovated.
She was even more hesitant when she was told she would need to move out of her apartment during construction for six months in 2018.
“It was trying at times,” Champ said.
However, after upgrades which include new granite kitchen countertops, cabinets, stainless steel appliances, pulling up old carpet and replacing it with laminate wood flooring and making all bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disability Act and handicap accessible, Champ now sees the vision behind the multi-million dollar renovations.
“Definitely worth it… it’s totally better now,” Champ said. “The upgrades that they put, the cabinets, counters, appliances, the whole unit, they way they painted it.”
“We all know that this is what is needed for the better quality of living and better quality of life for the residents in Inglewood,” said Ken Higginbotham, the board chairman of the Good Shepherd Homes Development Corporation.
Good Shepherd Homes, which is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was started by members of Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Leimert Park, in 1984.
After 35 years in the community, Good Shepherd Homes Development Corporation, which owns the property, is reaffirming its commitment by exploring new ways to provide quality low-income housing in Inglewood.
“We’re looking at a few other options in Inglewood,” Higginbotham said. “We’re not standing still, we’re looking at a few things and as soon as that comes to fruition, we’ll let you know.”
Meanwhile, for Champ, she is not regretting her decision to move from Hawthorne to Inglewood.
“Home is what you make it. It’s home. Definitely home,” Champ said.
By John W. Davis