VILLAGE ON MERCY APARTMENTS
The Village on Mercy Permanent Supportive Housing, developed by Ability Housing, Inc., is a 166-unit, multifamily development located in Orange County, Florida that provides housing for 83 formerly homeless households and 83 low-income and extremely low-income households. Half of the residents in the Village on Mercy were previously homeless immediately before coming to live at the property. The 9 Percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) was used to finance the Village on Mercy.
The completion of Village on Mercy represents a significant milestone in the fulfillment of the Mercy Drive vision plan, which was developed by City of Orlando District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill, in collaboration with the City of Orlando Economic Development Department-Planning Division and Canin Associates. The property is located in the heart of downtown Orlando, providing residents with proximity to Orlando’s art museums and science center, access to the SunRail, Orlando’s public train system, daycares and other early childhood education facilities, education opportunities at Valencia College and an elementary, middle, and high school, as well as grocery stores and health care providers.
As of 2021, the Village on Mercy serves 350 residents, including 172 children and 18 elderly individuals. Residents of the Village on Mercy enjoy on-site comprehensive support services, including life skills training, peer support, financial planning, workforce development training, and financial literacy classes. In the first year and a half since the property’s opening in 2019, more than 800 residents are estimated to have benefited from the Village on Mercy’s on-site services. The Village on Mercy also has 13 units specifically designed to serve residents with disabilities, including 9 ADA units and 4 units for residents with hearing and vision impairments.
By creating more affordable housing near public transportation, employment opportunities, and schools, Ability Housing has helped provide residents of the Village on Mercy attain the stability they need to become successful long-term in their housing journey and create a stable future for their families.