The mission of Merced Housing Texas is to create and strengthen healthy communities by providing quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families who are economically poor.
The subject of our 2016 End of Year Appeal is
the same as last year’s: Miguel Calzada.
A quick recap.
In late 2014, the city’s Building Standards Board declared the Miguel and Guadalupe Calzada’s house a “public nuisance” and issued a demolition order. For more than fifty years the Calzadas had lived and raised their family in the rambling, century-old Queen Anne-style house in Beacon Hill.
In the Calzada’s time of crisis their neighbors found a cause. Renowned activist, MaryLou Miller, then 101-years old, sounded the initial bugle that alerted community activists like Bob Comeaux, Rev. Tom Heger and architect David Bogle. Neighbors, friends and strangers helped clean out the house, preparing it for inspections, refurbishing plans and cost estimates. Additional support came rom City Councilman Roberto Treviño, State Senator José Menendez, and a generous grant to Merced Housing from the Greehey Family Foundation.
In last year’s appeal, we asked you to help us replace the home’s roof, which it has had since the 1920’s.
You responded magnificently with your gifts to Merced and the San Antonio Alternative Housing Corporation, another vital partner in this community endeavor.
But the work needed on the house is more significant than originally thought. Before replacing the house’s roof and walls, the foundation had to be leveled and strengthened. The porch is now being repaired as we search for an entity to install the roof.
The work done so far would not have been possible without the generosity you showed last year.
As a member of the community of compassionate individuals determined to preserve the Calzada home, please consider blessing us with another gift so that we may finish this work through our Serve our Seniors (SOS) program. To date, Merced has repaired close to 600 homes.
Angels like you allow us to save more homes and help more families preserve memories. On behalf of all these families, thank you. We wish you peace and joy in this holiday season and in all the seasons of your years..