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Antelope Valley Seniors Celebrate

      Antelope Valley seniors had a lot of reasons to celebrate this week.  Harshfield Terrace, an affordable apartment community for fixed-income seniors, celebrated its grand opening.  Harshfield Terrace shares a 65-acre campus with Mayflower Gardens Retirement Community,  Mayflower Gardens II (another affordable community for seniors) and Mayflower Gardens Convalescent Hospital.  Mayflower Gardens Convalescent Hospital, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of serving seniors living in the Antelope Valley.

     All of these communities are sponsored and managed by Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), a nonprofit organization based in Long Beach, California.   The event, which took place on April 20th, was attended by more than 250 people including residents of Harshfield Terrace, Mayflower Gardens, Mayflower Gardens II, and Mayflower Convalescent Hospital, RHF staff members, and local officials.  Speakers at the event included Dr. Laverne Joseph, President and CEO of RHF; Sean Rogan, Executive Director of the Community Development Commission of Los Angeles; Kelly Boyer, Director of the Los Angeles Multi-Family Hub of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and representatives from U.S. Congressman Howard McKeon, State Senator Sharon Runner, State Assemblyman Steve Knight and Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

     Harshfield Terrace is a 75-unit community specifically designed for residents over the age of 62.  Six of the units are handicap accessible and the building itself is designed to accommodate those who are hearing and/or visually impaired.  The community features a library, crafts room, community room and laundry room.  Funding for this project was provided by the Unites States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (LACDC), and the Angelus Trust.

     Mayflower Gardens Convalescent Hospital, which sits adjacent to Harshfield Terrace and Mayflower Gardens Retirement Community, opened in 1971.  The hospital has a total of 48 beds and prides itself for having nursing standards far beyond state mandates.   Mayflower Gardens Convalescent Hospital has served as a residence for many prominent Antelope Valley residents including Myrtle Weber, owner of the Western Hotel, and members of the Ritter, Munz and Godde families.

     RHF’s mission is to provide affordable housing for older adults, low-income families and persons with disabilities.  Forty-five years ago, RHF took a senior retirement community that was half built and had fallen into bankruptcy and completed the project that is now Mayflower Gardens Retirement Community – the organization’s first community.  RHF now provides housing for 17,000 residents living in 163 communities in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. 

     With Harshfield Terraces’ 75 units, RHF now offers 650 affordable housing units to seniors in the Antelope Valley.

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