Merced owns or has developed 1,650 units of quality, affordable Multi-Family Housing in San Antonio, Somerset, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Karnes City, Fort Worth and Goliad, Texas. Currently under development is a 33-unit apartment community for very low-income seniors on the East Side of San Antonio, the Oscar Eason Senior Apartments. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014. At Merced, we believe in providing more than simple shelter. In keeping with our mission, we provide services at our multi-family properties that support residents’ efforts to raise healthy families and become self-sufficient, fully participating members of their communities.
At Merced's multi-family communites and some owned by others, we provide services to help residents achieve self sufficiency. The Resident Services program has four focus areas: Education, Employment, Financial Literacy, and Health. Services are provided on site of through a referral system. A Resident Services Coordinator works at each property to bring events, activities, and resources to residents. A significant percentage of residents in two of Merced's multi-family properties are military families, and Merced considers the special needs of military families. We offer resident services to 2,270 families.
Merced’s Single-Family Program has revitalized inner-city neighborhoods by providing home-ownership opportunities for low-income families. Merced has acquired dilapidated eyesores and completely rehabilitated them or constructed new infill homes and sold them to qualifying low-income families. Merced has rehabilitated and sold 22 homes.
Through the Serve Our Seniors (SOS) Owner-Occupied Repair Program, Merced helps extremely low-income senior and disabled homeowners who cannot afford to keep their homes safe, sanitary, or structurally sound. Merced makes health and safety related repairs at no cost to the homeowners. The SOS Program enables very low-income senior and disabled persons to stay in the homes they own and love. We also have found that receiving SOS assistance often restores faith and hope to seniors whose existence has become bleak because of their limited means. Merced has repaired 527 homes.