Courtesy photoMayor Ed Lee cuts the ribbon at a ceremony for The Mary Helen Rogers Senior Community at 701 Golden Gate Ave.

Courtesy photoMayor Ed Lee cuts the ribbon at a ceremony for The Mary Helen Rogers Senior Community at 701 Golden Gate Ave.

San Francisco dedicates affordable-housing project for seniors

Housing authorities in The City cut the ribbon Monday for a new 100-unit affordable-housing project in the Western Addition, a neighborhood where some poor and elderly residents had faced possible displacement.

The Mary Helen Rogers Senior Community at 701 Golden Gate Ave., a $38.5 million project completed late last year, officially opened a couple of months ago with 28 studios and 72 one-bedroom apartments for seniors.

It was named after Mary Helen Rogers, a Western Addition community advocate who fought the Redevelopment Agency's initial efforts to replace affordable housing with market-rate units after the Central Freeway was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake.

“The building is yet another of The City's efforts to fill in gaps caused by Loma Prieta,” said Whitney Jones, director of housing development for the Chinatown Community Development Center, which partnered with the redevelopment agency UrbanCore LLC and the Tabernacle Community Development Corp.

The eight-story, L-shaped housing complex includes 20 units for homeless seniors and is located a block away from Parkview Terrace, its sister project. They share resources such as on-site language translation, health and welfare checks, and community-building activities.

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