By Katie Camario | October 2022
Catholic Charities opens new affordable apartments in Tampa and residents are overjoyed.

Caption: Carrie Ann Edwards, is next to Bishop Gregory Parkes, as she cuts the ribbon for the opening of Mercy Oaks Apartments in Tampa on September 15, 2022. (photo credit/Katie Camario)

It was a day full of smiles and optimism for twenty-one-year-old Carrie Ann Edwards as she cut the ribbon for the grand opening and blessing of Mercy Oaks Apartments in Tampa. 
“God got me to a better place, where I wanted to be, instead of outside being homeless,” she said. 
Edwards was experiencing homelessness just two months ago. That changed when she found temporary refuge at Tampa Hope, a homeless shelter operated by Catholic Charities …