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Community Development Partners (CDP), Mercy House, and the City of Santa Ana announced today the completion of La Placita Cinco and Casa Querencia, two new affordable apartment communities in Santa Ana. With $6 million in funding and 56 Section 8 project-based vouchers provided by the City of Santa Ana, the projects provide a total of 106 affordable units to chronically homeless and low-income families in the area.

La Placita Cinco and Casa Querencia build upon CDP, Mercy House, and the City of Santa Ana’s efforts to reduce homelessness in Santa Ana and provide high quality, affordable housing with the services needed to help residents seek more stability and wellness in their lives. Mercy House is the lead services provider at both buildings, providing organized social, recreational, and enrichment activities for residents, in addition to wraparound case management and other supportive services.

“Casa Querencia and La Placita Cinco are an integral part of the City’s ongoing strategy to end homelessness in our community by providing not only shelters, but also permanent housing and supportive services,” Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said. “The City has assisted over 430 homeless individuals receive permanent supportive housing over the past five years, has 191 new supportive housing units in the pipeline, and expects to issue 471 housing vouchers by the end of 2021.”

“CDP is extremely proud to see these projects come to fruition,” said Kyle Paine, President of Community Development Partners. “We want to thank the City of Santa Ana, Mercy House, and all of our partners for their efforts on these developments, and most importantly, we want to welcome our new residents. Handing keys to a resident for their new home is one of the most fulfilling parts of our job and why we are so committed to this work.”

Mercy House CEO, Larry Haynes, shared, “We all know the best answer to addressing homelessness and so much economic insecurity is dignified permanent housing. Mercy House is honored to once again partner with CDP and the City of Santa Ana on this issue. There is so much more to do! What’s next?!”