Apartment Complex Gets New Appliances

posted 9/10/20 -- Leaking refrigerators with constantly running motors are just memories now for residents of Edward C. Harr Plaza in Elyria.

The complex for seniors and disabled citizens operated by Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority received a new refrigerator for every one of its 100 units thanks to a unique application of LCCAA’s Community Connections program.

“These vulnerable residents need appliances they can count on, especially since their food budgets are limited,” said Planning and Community Services Director Frank Prihoda.

Delivery of the new 16.6-cubic-inch GE refrigerators began in February but was stopped by the COVID-19 crisis. As the community reopened, the remaining deliveries were scheduled through Lowe’s and completed in early September, Prihoda said.

“Since these apartments are home to senior citizens, we had no choice but to delay deliveries during the COVID-19 crisis," said Client Services Coordinator Colette Park. "Everyone has been patient and appreciative and we are grateful for that.”

Michael Volpe, manager of the complex, said many residents are so happy with the new appliances, they feel like their entire kitchen has been refreshed. The old refrigerators were installed between 2007 and 2010, he added.

“Some of the refrigerator compressors were starting to cease working and refrigerator seals were being worn out,” Volpe said. “The timing of this program has been a blessing for our residents. We are very grateful and happy.”