As a single mom working a retail job at Merced Mall, all Melissa Cottle could afford in the way of an apartment was a $450-a-month one-bedroom in a neighborhood where gunshots were a routine part of the soundscape. That changed in September, when Cottle became one of the new residents of the Sunny View Apartments on D and E. 11th streets.
The 113-unit affordable housing complex celebrated its official grand opening Wednesday. Two years in the making, the $21 million complex is geared toward families who struggle to make ends meet. Residents must be low-income to live there, which means a family of four can’t make more than $30,900 a year. Rents for the three and four-bedroom apartments range from $302 to $704 a month.
Read the full story in Thursday's Merced Sun-Star.