Carmen Maria Montiel, who enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning bilingual television journalist, currently focuses her efforts on a wide range of philanthropic endeavors. Recently, Carmen Maria Montiel has led a number of events, such as the 2015 Night with the Stars Gala, for the Latino Learning Center in Houston.
These fund-raising events benefit seniors and citizens with disabilities by supporting the center’s various programs and services, including its housing initiatives. In response to a lack of affordable housing for seniors and adults with disabilities, the Latino Learning Center founded two communities, the Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments and the South Houston Vista Apartments.
The Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments were established in 2000 when seniors were rapidly being displaced due to rising property values in the East End. Comprised of 65 units, the senior housing community was completely filled within a week of opening and there remains a one-year waiting list. The housing project was formed through a $236,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank and a $3.6 million grant from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
The South Houston Vista Apartments are located in a serene area near the City of South Houston, with the community’s 46 units nestled in a gated community. With a total of 22 one-bedroom units and 14 efficiencies, the apartments spread across one-story buildings that contain six to eight units.