Volunteers are building homes in Chula Vista for Tijuana’s poorest residents
Project Mercy Baja has been building homes in Tijuana since the early 1990s.
San Diego Union Tribune
By PHILLIP MOLNAR
APRIL 24, 2021
Chula Vista’s Otay Ranch is home to the most homebuilding in the region, but a project Saturday saw a batch of homes constructed there shipped across the border.
Project Mercy Baja, a roughly 30-year-old nonprofit, led a group of around 85 volunteers in building six homes to be sent to parts of eastern Tijuana where some of its poorest residents live.
The nonprofit has built more than 1,600 homes in Tijuana since forming in 1991. The small wooden houses — typically around 360 square feet — go to families that live in ramshackle housing made of spare parts and usually lacking roofs. The new homes only take about a day to construct.
“They get a solid roof, a front door,” said Project Mercy founder Paula Claussen. “You can’t explain the feeling of joy from people just getting these basic necessities.”