We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have. If you have a question not covered in this section, or if you would like more information, please call Mesquite Gardens at 972-289-8454. We look forward to hearing from you!
Q: What type of housing is Mesquite Gardens? Is it low income housing?
A: Mesquite Gardens is a subsidized housing community for seniors over the age of 62 and the mobility/sensory impaired. The term “subsidized housing” means that the rent is based on income. A resident of the community pays approximately 30% of their income as rent.
Q: Who pays the remainder of rent?
A: The remainder of the rent is paid in the form of a subsidy. If a resident qualifies for a subsidy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a U.S. government agency, will pay the remainder of the rent.
Q: How is rent calculated?
A: Resident rent is based on approximately 30% of income. A good estimate of your rent would be to take 30% of your gross annual income and divide it by 12 months. This will give you an estimate of what your monthly rent could be.
Q: What does the rent include?
A: Monthly rental of the apartment, as well as water, sewer, trash, gas and an electric allowance. An electric allowance is a certain amount taken off of the resident’s rent payment meant to help the resident pay the electric bill. The allowance amount is based on average usage for the apartment and may change annually. Residents will still receive an electric bill, but the allowance is intended to help pay for it. Residents may still be eligible for energy assistance from the state.
Q: Is there a lease?
A: Yes, there is a one-year lease, but we understand the necessity of unanticipated move-outs.
Q: How many apartments are there?
A: Mesquite Gardens has 47 apartments.
Q: How big are the apartments?
A: Mesquite Gardens offers spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments, as well as a few more-accessible apartments for the sensory/mobility impaired. For square footage, studio apartments are approximately 412 square feet and one-bedroom apartments and accessible apartments are approximately 532 square feet.
Q: How do I get started with the move in process?
A: Simply fill out an application completely, sign it and mail it to the address on the back of the application.
Q: Is there a waiting list for residency?
A: Yes, currently Mesquite Gardens has a waiting list. Please call for the approximate waiting time.
Q: What is the Security Deposit?
A: The Security Deposit is the same as one month’s full rent (before the electric allowance) with a minimum of $50. This deposit is due in full at the signing of the lease.
Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Mesquite Gardens welcomes your pet. Fish and birds are welcomed without a deposit. We also welcome small dogs and cats with a pet deposit. There is a limit of one animal (cat or dog) per apartment and there are certain size and breed restrictions.
Q: What is the Pet Deposit?
A: The pet deposit is the same amount as the security deposit with a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $300. We can make payment arrangements for this deposit. Beginning with $50 and then a monthly payment of $10 until the deposit is paid in full.
Q: Is there additional storage space available?
A: There is no additional storage available, however, each style of apartment offers a large amount of storage space.
Q: Is there an elevator?
A: Yes, there in one elevator located in the center of the building easily accessible by all residents, on all floors. Each wing of the building has an elevator.
Q: Is parking available?
A: Yes, Mesquite Gardens offers its residents the use of a parking lot, with no assigned parking spaces.
Q: What is the cost for parking?
A: There is no cost for parking.
Q: How many keys do I receive?
A: Residents receive an apartment key, a key to a locked mailbox for their apartment, and an access key to the main entry. Our main entrances are intercom controlled and automatically open with the key.
Q: Are there any planned activities?
A: Mesquite Gardens prints a monthly calendar showing the dates and times of various activities. Monthly activities include bingo, movie night, board games, pot-luck meals, seasonal activities, and knitting/sewing for our Project HANDS program. There is also a puzzle and craft room used daily for putting together puzzles and other various crafting projects.
Q: Are there on-site laundry facilities?
A: There is a laundry center at Mesquite Gardens. It contains two coin operated washers and two coin operated dryers with folding and hanging areas. The center is located on the ground floor.
Q: What is the garbage/recycling process?
A: There is a trash chute located on each floor.