Thursday, July 09, 2009

pasadena's YMCA building - centennial place

what appears from the outside to be a ymca building is actually a low income apartment complex.

centennial place provides affordable housing to pasadena's low-income single men and women. union station provides on-site case management and referrals for formerly homeless individuals living at centennial place, who may have substance abuse problems, mental health issues or day-to-day living challenges.

i love pasadena, but it is certainly not a city of equality. a place like this is a great start toward helping needy people get back on their feet. the world needs more places like this.


Petrea said...

Really interesting post, Ben. I've often wondered about this building and its current use. Your post also explains why there are so many street people so close to City Hall.

ben wideman said...

Apparently they are always at capacity - I've thought it was curious that the people who live out front still live there - but maybe they are actually waiting for an opening.

Shanna said...

That was a very interesting post, Ben. I read the Pasadena Weekly article also. I knew there was a real range, but had no idea that it was so great.
I used to live in Pasadena and loved it.
Among my many teaching jobs was a part time position at Pasadena City College, teaching Life Drawing. It was a very good Art Department, but I would laugh each month when I received my pay check. I felt like I was teaching for philanthropic reasons. I created a schedule conflict and moved on to teach at Otis for three times as much per hour. I taught at Glendale College, also part time, and for the longest period of time and was paid as much as at Otis.
Why P.C.C. paid so little - and this was for hourly instructors - is a mystery.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Thanks for the additional info on this. This is in de Civic Ctr area, right?

pasadenapio said...

There are many affordable housing opportunities for low-income and very-low-income residents in Pasadena. Click here for the most recent list.

ben wideman said...

Cafe, it's right in front of City Hall.

PIO, that is an extremely helpful list - although I'm a wondering what those low cost units actually cost. We looked into one of them a few months ago and found that a 2 bedroom condo started at over $200,000. Affordable housing seems to mean different things depending on what part of the country you live in. In Virginia we could have bought a huge house for $200,000.

Do you know if there is a waiting list for low income housing? The other thing I remember about looking around the area was that everything was full, or had very low income requirements.