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An old couch in an abandoned building

Millions of people nationwide struggle to pay their rent, and in many places only the privileged can afford to buy a home. When housing costs eat up most of a person’s paycheck, they often have to make sacrifices, foregoing healthcare, education, and sometimes even food. The nation’s lack of affordable housing perpetuates cycles of poverty

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6 ways being poor is expensive

It’s not easy being poor. But did you know it is also really expensive? Check out these six ways poverty can be so pricey: 6. Getting Places In order to buy groceries, commute to work, go to school, visit the doctor’s office, or pick up any medication you or your family might need, you need

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Mercy Housing has had an outpouring of heartwarming support from community organizations, churches, volunteers, and donors like you during the pandemic. Your food and technology donations have made a big difference for residents struggling with hunger, those that are at-risk to leave their homes, and families struggling with virtual learning. Donated food and cleaning supplies

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Man sitting on park bench trying to get warm

As the weather starts to cool and the season changes to fall, we are very aware that the challenges that 2020 have presented will impact people with low incomes at a far greater rate than other populations. Looking forward to National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-22, 2020), we present the following 7 facts

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A statue holding the scales of justice with the text, '3 Ways Poverty is Treated as a Crime'

It sounds unreal, farfetched, or even crazy — ‘poverty is illegal’ — but it’s happening and has been for far too long in our country. When you look at the frequency people are incarcerated because they can’t pay fees for speeding tickets and other small infractions, it’s heartbreaking. There are 2.2 million people locked up

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supporters and residents of mercy housing

By James Alexander, President, Mercy Housing Southeast Unstable, insecure, frightened are words I have heard often over the past months from family and friends. It feels we are one bad headline, week, or month, away from losing our health, job, housing, savings, or the ability to protect the ones we love. And it seems there

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Magnuson Park Food Pantry Volunteers

You just got off a 12-hour shift and want to get home to see your children. Payday isn’t for another week, so going to the grocery store has to wait. You get home tired, but you muster enough energy to help your kids with their homework. Then it’s time for dinner but all you have

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A man experiencing homelessness crossing his fingers with the text, 'Top 7 Health Problems of the Homeless'

Dr. Joshua Bamberger, who specializes in treating people who are homeless, writes about the most common chronic health problems he sees in his patients, and how they need housing in order to manage their conditions.

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The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision of the 1968 federal Fair Housing Act helped fight systemic racism in housing segregation and discrimination for people of color and especially those earning low incomes. It is part and parcel of the fight for civil rights that seeks to repair the decades of discriminatory practices and racial

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Fishing is about fun, family, and feeling like you belong. Last year, Mercy Housing’s Fishing for Hip Hop event helped resident families explore a lake in Denver to do just that, feel welcome throughout their community. They learned to fish, received free rods and reels, and got to know a natural area that they hadn’t

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