Posted: April 25, 2022
The City of Merced announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $2.5 million in funding to assist individual first-time homebuyers in the City of Merced.
“This is progress toward our efforts of providing funding programs that will help first-time homebuyers reach their goal of becoming homeowners in our community,” stated Scott McBride, director of Development Services for the City of Merced. “Our partner on this project, Self-Help Enterprises shares our goal of improving the living conditions of people in our community. We are confident in their experience and success in operating programs on behalf of the communities they serve,” he said.
The CalHome Program will provide $1 million in funding for first-time mortgage assistance, including the purchase of a home with an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU). An additional $1.25 million will support owner-occupied rehabilitation assistance and include rehabilitation of manufactured housing or rehabilitation of ADUs or JADUs. Lastly, $250,000 will provide ADU and JADU assistance, including construction, repair, or rehabilitation of ADUs and JADUs.
This funding will assist individual first-time homebuyers through deferred-payment loans for down payment assistance, home rehabilitation, including manufactured homes not on permanent foundations, acquisition, and rehabilitation, homebuyer counseling, self-help mortgage assistance, or technical assistance for self-help homeownership. All funds to individual homeowners will be in the form of loans.
Self-Help Enterprises’ (SHE) will support the City with housing grant services. The organization will support housing rehabilitation and homebuyer assistance program activities and provide coordinated services in a timely, cost-effective manner. In addition, the organization will work on program guidelines, including developing the application. This program is eligible for properties within the City of Merced.
“We share the City’s concern for preserving affordable housing and improving neighborhoods,” said Susan Long, program director, Partner Services for Self-Help Enterprises. “We are encouraged to see the City of Merced adopt plans and target funding to assist low-income residents with housing needs,” concluded Long.
For more information about the program, and to inquire about eligibility, visit www.selfhelpenterprises.org or call (599) 651-1000. For more information about the City of Merced, visit www.cityofmerced.org.
State grant will fund the Container Home Project for Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness
Posted: March 17, 2022
By CVV News
The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced that Merced was awarded $4.42 million in funding from the State’s Project Homekey Round 2. This investment will allow the City to leverage resources with partner providers to construct 21 units of permanent supportive housing for Veterans who have experienced chronic homelessness. Units will be constructed at South R Street near Childs Avenue in Merced’s District Two.
“This is a vital win for Merced,” said Assembly Member Adam Gray. This permanent supportive housing will help Veterans, who are homeless, and their families find and sustain permanent housing. I am glad to see this state funding coming into our community,” said Gray.
The housing project includes 21-unit modular shipping containers, which will provide permanent supportive housing to homeless Veterans. Residents will have access to supportive services such as intensive case management services, linkages to behavioral, physical health services, assistance obtaining benefits and essential documentation, and educational and employment services.
“This funding aligns with Council’s Goals and Priorities and remains the largest policy discussion before us,” stated Matthew Serratto, mayor of Merced. Project Homekey funding allows direct state and regional resources to transition the unsheltered into permanent supportive housing,” concluded Serratto.
District Two Council Member Fernando Echeverria noted, “We recognize that those who are unhoused in our community are our constituents. As we evaluate resources, systems, and infrastructure, we will continue to create opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness to stabilize. Housing creates a fundamental foundation that provides access to healthcare, rehabilitation, job training, and education,” concluded Echeverria.
Project collaborators include Rescue Mission Merced, Fresno Veterans Affairs, Merced County Behavior Health and Human Services Agency, Merced Housing Authority, City of Merced, and Custom Containers 915.
“We are proud to be part of this project and look forward to building a living space for Veterans in need in the community of Merced,” stated John Glavin, president of Custom Containers 915. “There are strict guidelines for project construction and completion. Pending fully executed agreements, we anticipate completing construction in an approximate eight-month time frame,” said Glavin.
Administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), approximately $1.4 billion (FY 2021-22) in grant funding has been made available to local public entities, including cities, counties, or other local public entities, such as housing authorities or Tribal Entities within California.
Homekey Round 2 continues a statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and who are inherently impacted by COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
For more information about Homekey, visit homekey.hcd.ca.gov.
For more information about the City of Merced, visit cityofmerced.org.
For information about Custom Containers, visit customcontainers915.com.
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