Beginning in the late 1980s
Merced Housing Texas’s story began in the late 1980s with a challenge from San Antonio civic leader Maria Berriozábal. Knowing that the Catholic women religious of San Antonio had built and run hospitals, schools and universities for generations, Berriozábal began talking with Sister Dorothy Ettling, CCVI, and Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, about how their congregations’ considerable influence and legacy of service could be greater used for San Antonio’s low-income residents.
These conversations led to meetings between teams of women religious and city leaders talking about San Antonio’s most urgent needs.
Affordable housing emerged as the most critical.
Out of these conversations and meetings, Merced Housing was founded in 1995 by nine congregations of Catholic women religious for the purpose of addressing housing justice for the economically poor.
Six congregations—the Founders or Sustaining Congregations—made long-term commitments to provide personnel for board service, volunteer service or employment whenever possible. Five other congregations later joined as associates.
Founders or Sustaining Congregations
Congregation of Benedictine Sisters
Congregation of Divine Providence
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence
Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate
Merced Housing Texas, is chartered by the State of Texas as a non-profit corporation and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.