In the state of Texas stands a shining star in the underserved
South Union community of Houston. This star is the renovated housing
complex, Zollie Scales Manor, owned and managed by the Cesar Chavez
Foundation (CCF). The gorgeous property perfectly highlights the serious
need for high quality, affordable housing for the countries working,
low-income families, as much as it tells the story of how Cesar E.
Chavez' s ambitions have not ceased.
Zollie Scales Manor did not always welcome its residents with a
Texas sized smile. Before CCF purchased this property, it stood in
absolute disrepair. The exterior of the complex was neglected and bared
the scars from the infamous Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Inside was
just as bad, if not worse. The lobby was unwelcoming to visitors because
of a poorly constructed layout and overly dated furniture that spoke of
better days. Some units were not even habitable.
We partnered with the City of Houston, Mercy Loan Fund and Lancaster
Pollard to designate Zollie Scales Manor as an affordable rate apartment
complex and to fund its renovation to meet the income needs of the
neighborhood, with a portion of units designated strictly for Extremely
Low Income renters.
After a complete renovation, our residents at Zollie Scales Manor now
enjoy the property's new countertops, flooring and energy-star
appliances. High quality amenities often afforded only to A-List
properties were added to the property, including a redesigned community
center, playground, refurnished laundry centers and covered mail center.
In addition, the exterior property was renovated and landscape was
added to provide a park like environment.
We could go on further with the many other improvements that were
made, but we think Nedra Rosemon, our Property Manager, can sum up the
story of Zollie Scales Manor best. Rose has worked and raised her own
children at the property since 1993. She has been around for three
renovations to the property and in her warm, Texan accent exclaims,
"This is the very best one. We look like a very rich property!" Just
because a community is economically disadvantaged, does not mean it
should not have the opportunity to live in a home that is decent, safe
and affordable. And as the need for affordable housing grows, CCF will
continue to strive to provide the best to the most in need.
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