[Source: City of Phoenix] — Last week McCarty on Monroe officially opened its doors to seniors age 62 and older. The new, modern, 69-unit apartment complex is on the property where Phoenix real estate broker Leon McCarty originally built quality and affordable housing for low-income families, particularly families of color, in 1963.
The four-story building has a large community room with kitchen facilities for resident activities, a computer room, gated parking garage and a landscaped inner courtyard with walking and seating areas for senior residents. Six of the units are accessible for people with disabilities and 34 of the units are available for public housing. “We are committed to providing quality housing for our seniors, people who have made numerous contributions to society and now may be living on a fixed income,” said Mayor Phil Gordon. “I congratulate the McCarty residents. They have chosen a safe and comfortable location to enjoy their leisure years.”
The city of Phoenix Housing Department purchased the McCarty apartments in 1977 and continued to provide senior housing. The original building was demolished in 2008 and ground broken for more units and more modern, quality housing for seniors on a fixed income. The property is the first city-developed low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) project funded through the Arizona Department of Housing. The funds enabled the city to build an additional 35 units. “I welcome the 69 new residents to McCarty on Monroe to District 8,” said Councilman Michael Johnson. “I’m impressed with all the amenities offered to the seniors, including nearby shopping, restaurants and churches, which are accessible by taking the light rail.”
The Housing Department partnered with six city departments, Arizona Department of Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other local businesses to complete this housing project. The city’s Housing Department provides almost 650 units of public housing serving area seniors, plus 336 units of affordable housing for seniors in six Phoenix apartment communities.