Councilmember Garcetti's Office
LOS ANGELES— On May 23rd residents of Bonnie Brae Senior Village visited the Getty Center for a day-long excursion made possible through a partnership with Councilmember Garcetti’s office. The Councilmember’s office provided a free charter bus to transport seniors from their home near MacArthur Park to the Getty Center in West Los Angeles.
In addition to affordable, accessible housing, transportation is consistently ranked as an unmet and important need among older adults. Limited access to transportation options makes it more challenging for older adults to actively participate in the community. Paratransit options are available but they often operate with strict service boundaries and are useful only for medically necessary trips.
Located in Council District 13, Bonnie Brae Senior Village is the first apartment community of its kind in Los Angeles County. This 92-unit building provides permanent supportive housing to low-income and formerly homeless seniors. The 18-month old community has given more than 100 seniors a second chance at experiencing the benefits of an affordable, stable home. Permanent supportive housing like Bonnie Brae Senior Village is critical for ending elder homelessness and providing seniors with the services and support they need to remain active and engaged with the surrounding community.
Residents who participated in the Getty Center trip packed their own lunches and enjoyed the artwork, gardens, and beautiful views from atop the hill. Before returning home at the end of the day, residents were already asking about the next trip.
ALA would like to extend a special thanks to Councilmember Garcetti’s office for providing transportation and to the Getty Center for providing free parking. Because of their generosity and support, older Los Angelenos were given the opportunity to experience a local gem they would not otherwise have been able to visit.
Bonnie Brae Senior Village is managed by Affordable Living for the Aging, a nonprofit that operates six housing communities for low-income seniors. ALA also provides free housing search assistance and home share placement. The home share program matches seniors with other adults so they may have affordable housing, companionship, and the ability to live independently longer.