Restoration of Flanagan Park
Flanagan Park Restoration Project included renovation and development of a 4 acre park in southwest Merced. The project included new playground areas with equipment, paved basketball courts, multi-use fields, play area, picnic area, pathways and off-street parking. The project began in 2002 and used multiple CDBG funding years. More than $180,000 of CDBG funds was used through the years, with $32,438 funded in FY 2011/12.
The Merced Housing Division approved a loan of $300,000 in HOME funds for the construction of Woodbridge apartment complex containing 75 units.
The Merced Housing Division approved the redirection of $1,109,734 for the construction of Gateway Terrace apartment Complex
The Merced Housing Division leant a total of $78,405 to 13 different community members ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $15,000 for the purposes of purchasing a home.
The Merced Housing Division funded the rehabilitation of 8 local homeowners’ homes, as well as the rehabilitation of 11 other homes making them habitable and attractive to first-time homebuyers
The Merced Housing Division funded with $8,000 35 Fair Housing Workshops that informed a total of 503 people on different fair housing issues..
The Merced Housing Division invested a total of $168,500 of CDBG funds to provide approximately 25% of the total funding needed for six police officers for the creation of a Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU). The GVSU recorded approximately 1,000 arrests with over 500 of those arrested being validated gang members.
The Merced Housing Division funded $7,100 to provide two youth programs. During the year 2012, 92 youth were registered with the program that featured 94 Qeej class sessions and 83 dance sessions. Youth participated 16 public shows, 12 of which were Qeej and 4 of which were dance.
Continuum of Care Plan and 10-Year to End Homelessness
The city of Merced provided $37,500 to the Continuum of Care and 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. These funds pay for one employee from the Merced County Association of Governments to be the organizer of the 10-Year Plan and help local organizations by applying for grants to assist with homeless services and programs. Once funds are received, local organizations are granted funds from the Continuum. Many of the grants require a Continuum of Care (CoC) be in place for eligibility.