San Francisco, California (10/24/14) – Last evening October 23, 2014, Mercy Housing President and CEO, Jane Graf, was honored at the Enterprise Soiree by the Bay in San Francisco, California. This event at San Francisco’s Ferry Building brought together more than 250 guests dedicated to bringing safe, affordable housing to more than 5,000 individuals and families every year. On behalf of Mercy Housing, Jane accepted the award of Enterprise Community Partner of the Year.
Jane Graf was honored for making significant contributions to improve the lives of low incomes families and individuals. Jane commented, “This is, after all, the PARTNER award which suggests that whoever receives this award clearly did not do it on their own.” Her efforts along with the communities that Mercy Housing provides and partnerships such as Enterprise Community Partners create vibrant communities and resources to help people in their journey to live healthy, productive lives.
Mercy Housing and Enterprise Community Partners work together throughout Northern California to combat homelessness and provide safe housing for families and individuals. The median rent in the San Francisco Bay Area is $3,200 per month displacing thousands from their homes and communities. Nearly 400,000 households throughout the region are one crisis away from losing their home. With the help of Mercy Housing and organizations like Enterprise there are more stable, vibrant and healthy communities.
“Enterprise has been a true collaborator and partner to Mercy Housing and to me personally,” said Jane. “The work that we all do is rewarding but often very hard. It is really important to have partners like Enterprise to lean on.”
Mercy Housing California President, Doug Shoemaker states, “Mercy Housing is a proud partner with Enterprise as they continue to work with government leaders and community organizations to solve some of our society’s most complex problems. I have been attending the Soiree since it started and had a wonderful evening with some of the Bay Area’s leading innovators and key decision makers in affordable housing.”
Jane challenged all of the Soiree guests, “to reflect on how important being a good partner is in this crazy community development business that we have chosen as our careers and to celebrate those partnerships. We are an awesome bunch when we get together and push in the same direction.”
About Mercy Housing Inc.
Mercy Housing, a national not-for-profit affordable housing organization headquartered in Denver, has a presence in 41 states, serves more than 152,000 people on any given day and has participated in the development, financing or operation of more than 45,000 homes. Mercy Housing serves families, veterans, seniors and people with special needs (formerly homeless, people with HIV/AIDS and the developmentally disabled). For more information about Mercy Housing, please visit mercyhousing.org.
About Enterprise Community
Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. For more than 30 years, Enterprise has created 320,000 homes, invested nearly $16 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.com or www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.