August 31, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Rubén Hinojosa will be on hand at the grand opening of the new Mercedes Housing Authority building on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at 306 West 5th Street in Mercedes.

“Meeting the needs of our residents is at the top of our list of priorities,” said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. “That is clearly evident in Mercedes where we see the completion of a new building where people will be working hard to help families find affordable homes to live.”

The Mercedes Housing Authority received a grant through the Stimulus Funding, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for over half a million dollars. With those funds the Mercedes Housing Authority installed double insulated windows in 75 units (approx. 600 windows, 226 new stoves and 226 new refrigerators, new parking lot for our residents at Queen City Retreat (15 new spaces), new vinyl tile for 226 units, new laundry cabinets in bathrooms (75 Units), installed new roof for Queen City Retreat.

“This is a great example of how the stimulus money created jobs for architects, engineers and construction workers, as well as revitalized living quarters for many Rio Grande Valley residents,” said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa.”

The MHA has five developments Linda Vista, San Jacinto, Taylor, Bluebonnet and the Queen City Retreat. The Mercedes HA has a total of 226 units in public housing and 315 vouchers in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Public and Indian Housing Office oversees the Capital Fund Program. The Capital Fund Program (CFP) provides funds annually to Public Housing Agencies (PHA’s) for the development and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements.

The New Mercedes Housing Authority Administrative Office was constructed with the Capital Fund Program from Fiscal Year 2009-2010. The cost for the new office was $550,000.00

The Mercedes Housing Authority was established back in 1952 under the 1937 US Housing Act.


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