The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community and the St. Catherine board of directors announced on October 24th that they are entrusting Mercy Housing Lakefront (MHL), with the management and governance of St. Catherine Residence in Milwaukee. The merger is part of MHL’s overall affordable housing strategy to strengthen community development in the city and bring additional investment dollars and jobs.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy 119 years ago, St. Catherine Residence, which includes McAuley Apartments, provides safe, affordable housing to more than 200 women and families. Many residents have limited access to other types of affordable housing and this ministry fills a critical need in the community.
“The addition of St. Catherine Residence is part of our mission. Our investment in the neighborhoods of Milwaukee will continue to expand as we add services, partners, dollars and jobs to the city,” said Cindy Holler, president of Mercy Housing Lakefront.
“Plans are underway to deepen our roots in Milwaukee and also to look at the needs of southeast Wisconsin and expand our services there.”
MHL has had a presence in Milwaukee since 2006. MHL has developed and currently manages 27 affordable rental properties housing 3,950 people, including, the Johnston Center Residences in Milwaukee. In addition to the Johnston Center, MHL is in the development phase with two additional projects, the Greenwich Park Apartments and Park East in Milwaukee. Both apartment buildings will serve working families.
St. Catherine Residence provides housing for up to 157 women in suite-style apartments, with shared baths and community kitchens. Women may rent short- or long-term and stay as long as they need. McAuley Apartments has 46 apartments; studio, one- and two-bedroom with annual leases. Singles and families enjoy affordable rents and amenities such as underground parking, an exercise and computer room. Currently, there are approximately 20 full- and part- time staff members at St. Catherine Residence. Mercy Housing Lakefront is now managing the ministry but the name and commitment to provide housing and support for women and families in the Milwaukee area remain the same.