The development site was a formerly blighted area with some existing housing in very poor condition. Meta Housing removed the rundown buildings and developed Emerald Terrace Apartments from the ground up.
Meta Housing also partnered with the Neighborhood Youth Association to bring free, life-enhancing services to community residents. Families living in the Emerald Terrace Apartments have access to free after-school tutoring, as well as scholarships through which many young residents have had the opportunity to attend excellent colleges and universities.
The project was financed with 9% tax credits, as well as funding from the Los Angeles Housing Department.