Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments

609 Oak Street, Oakland | Map
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Eligibility: At least one household member must be currently homeless AND living with HIV/AIDS. Head of household must be age 55 or older at the time of application. If there are any additional members, they must be age 45 or older or meet an exception. See flyer for exceptions.

The waiting list at Merritt Crossing for 1-bedroom units for homeless households living with HIV/AIDS opens on October 14, 2021 at 9:00 AM. Applications will be available online to print. Applications must be returned by mail to PO Box 12504, Oakland, CA 94604. Applications must be postmarked by October 28, 2021 AND received by the manager's office by 5:00 PM on November 4, 2021. Applications will be available to pick up at the property on at the following times:

  • Weekdays starting October 14, 2021, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

A lottery will be conducted for all eligible applications received by the deadline. Eligible applications must include a household member who is currently homeless AND living with HIV/AIDS. Applications will be placed on the waiting list in lottery order.

The 24-hour support phone line will open on October 14, 2021 at 9:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM October 28, 2021. Please call (833) 473-0495 for assistance. People with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodations to participate in the application process.

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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).

Would you like more information about Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments? Please call the Property Manager at (510) 891-1264.

May, 2012
Income Level
30-50% AMI
Resident Population
  • Seniors
  • Formerly Homeless
  • People with Special Needs
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
$28.4 Million
Financing Partners
  • City of Oakland
  • 9% CTCAC Tax Credits
  • State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • Union Bank
  • Alameda County MHSA
Property Manager
Services Coordinator