Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments includes 70 apartments affordable to seniors with incomes between 30 and 50 percent of median. The development features 5 studios, 55 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units and an enclosed garage with 18 parking spaces. The project has received a fifteen-year commitment for fifty (50) Oakland Housing Authority project-based Section 8 vouchers that will ensure that the apartments are affordable to seniors with even lower incomes, including those living on SSI.
The building includes a large main community/multipurpose area as well as a number of other areas where residents can interact with each other throughout their daily activities. The community room is on the first floor and opens onto the large, 3,000 square foot open space. The open space provides space for a community garden for residents, and also encourages physical exercise and social interactions among residents. The community room includes computer workstations; drop-in computer classes will be provided at no cost to residents. A large services office off the lobby provides space for visiting service providers to conduct health outreach and case management. The main laundry facilities are nearby, further encouraging resident contact. Each unit in the development includes access to high-speed internet at no cost to the resident.
Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments is ideally located to offer seniors the opportunity to age in place in their community with easy access to amenities and services. Lake Merritt BART is two blocks away. A variety of grocery stores, senior centers, parks, shopping, and medical services are all within ½ mile. The ability for seniors to walk to shopping and other amenities allows for greater independence and a higher quality of life. Located just outside Oakland’s Chinatown there are a number of other service providers active in the neighborhood including Family Bridges, Asian Health Services, LifeLong Medical Care and Bay Area Community Services (BACS)