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STANLEY HAMMER HONOREE Susan Sheeran, Merced Housing has been named San Antonio Apartment Association’s 2018 Stanley Hammer Honoree, SAAA’s highest honor given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the San Antonio area apartment industry while acting in an honest and ethical manner. Susan Sheeran, Merced Housing has been named San Antonio Apartment Association’s 2018 Stanley Hammer Honoree, SAAA’s highest honor given to an individual who has made outstanding contribu- tions to the San Antonio area apartment industry while acting in an honest and ethical manner. what is just for those who cannot afford, or afford to maintain quality housing. Along with her team, Susan has helped Merced meet its mission with the implementation of four main programs: • The Multi-Family Program which houses over 1,700 families in San Antonio and other parts of Texas Susan has dedicated her career and her volun- • The Resident Services Program in which over teer life to enhancing the way others live. She has 2,600 affordable resident families thrive been true to the core values of her organization because of no-cost supportive services – Respect, Justice and Mercy. Her career path in focused on good health, education, and San Antonio began at the Neighborhood Rein- financial stability are offered by Merced. vestment Corporation, where Susan helped fa- • The Owner Occupied Repair Program which cilitate the development of a community-based has helped over 630 extremely low income non-profit housing development corporation. She senior and disabled homeowners who can moved on to the San Antonio Housing Authority no longer afford to maintain a safe home where she was a member of the Housing Oppor- because of health and safety repairs tunities Division tasked with acquisition, finance, • And the Single Family Program which helped development and management of Low Income provide completely rehabilitated and new Housing Tax Credit properties. In 1995, when Mer- infill homes to 22 families ced Housing was founded by nine congregations of Catholic women for the purpose of addressing In addition to all of Susan’s time in San Antonio, housing justice for the economically poor, Susan she spent 11 years in Colorado committed in very was asked to lead the charge. Twenty-four years similar ways to the housing industry, giving her a later, Susan continues to be humble and strive for total of almost 40 years invested in the housing www.saaaonline.org | March/April 2019 11