Mercy Housing California Named Nonprofit Developer of the Year

Thanks to the partnership of supporters, Mercy Housing California (MHC) was named Nonprofit Developer of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times, recognizing our community-focused development efforts in the Bay Area and around the state.

MHC is the largest regional office of Mercy Housing, Inc., one of the nation’s most prolific and effective nonprofit affordable housing developers.

“The organization has been a key part of the Bay Area for many years,” said MHC President Doug Shoemaker. “Our success is due to a unique combination of real estate acumen and a commitment to empowering residents and communities.”

The honor, which was announced at the San Francisco Business Times’s annual Real Estate Deals of the Year Awards celebration, recognized MHC’s extensive work as an affordable housing developer, with 3,073 homes in development throughout the Bay Area and 4,793 throughout the state, including Southern California and the Sacramento region. As a nonprofit affordable housing developer and owner with deep roots in the Bay Area, MHC has helped change the lives of thousands of families, seniors, veterans, people who have experienced homelessness, and people with disabilities. In addition to building high-quality housing that meets the diverse needs of Californians with low incomes, Mercy Housing provides top-tier property management and free, onsite resident services in the areas of health and wellness, financial stability, and education/out-of-school time programming.

“Mercy Housing is known for our partnership work—with residents, religious organizations, public agencies, and market-rate developers—in creating communities that achieve a deep social purpose,” said Ramie Dare, MHC Director of Real Estate Development for the Bay Area.

At the event, MHC was recognized for building robust, equitable partnerships with other developers and community-based organizations. Such partnerships resulted in two highly impactful new developments last year in San Francisco and Richmond, California.

In collaboration with Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS), one of the City’s most well-respected service providers, MHC co-developed 1064 Mission Street. Now San Francisco’s largest permanent supportive housing community, 1064 Mission Street is owned and managed by ECS and provides 256 homes for people exiting homelessness, as well as a host of onsite resources. Alongside deeply-rooted Contra Costa County developer Community Housing Development Corporation, MHC also rehabilitated and opened Hacienda Heights, a redeveloped public housing site providing 150 energy-efficient, affordable homes for seniors. By working closely with other housing organizations, MHC has excelled in developing affordable housing that is tailored to neighborhood needs and community priorities.

Mercy Housing California thanks the San Francisco Business Times for this prestigious honor, as well as our staff, partners, and residents for their constant collaboration in pursuing housing justice in the Bay Area and beyond.