The Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center today formally opened the Hong Lok House in Chinatown, which brings 74 additional affordable housing units to the neighborhood.
Today’s ceremony marks the end of a nine-year struggle to organize suitable and affordable housing for Chinatown’s elderly. In 2006, the Center drew up plans to redevelop the existing Hong Lok House - an outdated residence developed in 1978 with only 28 units. The new development provides more low-income housing for seniors, along with new community space designed for fitness, dancing and health programs.
“It was a privilege to have worked with Rogerson Communities to bring this project to fruition,” said Ruth Moy, the executive director of the Center, in a press release Monday. “The end product is something the entire community can be proud of and I am pleased to be welcoming each tenant into their new home.”
The Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center was founded in 1972 by neighborhood activists who recognized the need for greater support services for Chinatown’s seniors. The agency serves nearly 1,200 individuals per day, focusing on issues like housing, transportation and health and rehabilitation programs and services for the neighborhood.
Longtime residents of the original building were given first priority to the new apartments, according to the press release. Funding for the redevelopment of the $37 million building came from donors, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.