AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The City Council unanimously approved the $120,000-a-year program at its Tuesday meeting. The move marks the fulfillment of a campaign pledge Mayor Frank Scotto made last year. “This is the first time we’ve done anything like this in Torrance,” he said. “It’s not the perfect program, but it’s a step in the right direction to help people who are truly in need.” City officials estimate about 130 people in the half-dozen or so mobile home parks in Torrance could meet the income guidelines for the program and qualify for the subsidy. Up to 100 participants would divide the $120,000 subsidy. “This is like giving them one month free rent (annually),” Scotto said. “We’re hoping the $100 a month gives them the ability to buy food for their table.” To qualify for the program, at least one senior 62 or older who owns their mobile home and meets federal income guidelines must reside in the household. The program will be administered by the Community Development Department. To Scotto’s disappointment, no one from the public spoke in favor of the program Tuesday – but no one spoke in opposition either. Chet Craft, chairman of the city’s Commission on Aging, applauded the move. “I feel that whatever break seniors can get along the way is very good for seniors,” he said. “The cost of living in this area is pretty high for seniors.” The monthly rental subsidies would be paid directly to mobile home parks owners who agree to participate in the program. Mobile home park owners who participate in the program will also be asked to freeze the rents of the small minority of residents who qualify. If the mobile home park owners don’t agree to participate, the city might explore other options they certainly wouldn’t like. “There’s other alternatives we might have to suggest that we might go down the path of,” said Scotto, carefully avoiding the politically loaded term rent control. “It actually is a form of rent control because we’re asking the landlords to participate, and we’re actually rolling back (residents’) rents by giving them a subsidy,” he added. “Socially, this is the right thing to do. I’m disappointed we can’t offer more, but we’ve got to be realistic, too.” The city currently offers rental subsidies in two apartment buildings, officials said. Those projects were built by the city’s Redevelopment Agency in conjunction with private developers. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORRANCE: Mobile home residents who meet income qualifications could get at least $100 a month. By Nick Green STAFF WRITER Torrance will begin a one-year pilot program to provide a monthly rent subsidy of at least $100 to some low-income senior citizens living in mobile home parks.