Nick Gharibian pressed his face against a window at the Glendale headquarters of a low-income housing organization on Wednesday, holding a neatly folded letter with “C1639” printed on it.
It was one of 3,848 numbers included in a lottery to get one of just 1,200 spots on the waiting list for Casa De La Paloma, a senior housing complex on Kenwood Street in Glendale operated by be.group, formerly known as Southern California Presbyterian Homes.
Once on the waiting list, it can still take months or years to secure a vacancy at the residential complex. But the distant possibility was enough for the lottery applicants.
“It is hard, the renting situation in Glendale and Burbank,” said Gharibian, 64, who worked as a hairdresser before losing his job nearly two years ago due to health problems. “It is over $1,200 for one bedroom.”
The lottery marked the first time since 2004 that the waiting list for Casa De La Paloma was opened, said Jacqueline Seegobin, director of affordable housing for the nonprofit. The 167-unit complex offers on-site support including housekeeping and social services, as well as a built-in community of neighbors and friends.