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Integrating Health and Housing to Benefit Seniors

Integrating Health and Housing to Benefit Seniors

Last week in Kankakee, Illinois, Mercy Housing Lakefront and its partners celebrated the grand opening of River Station Senior Residences, which features 70 one-bedroom homes for low- and moderate-income residents over the age of 55. The completion of any project that preserves or expands the supply of affordable homes is cause for celebration because it represents … Continue reading

Savings the Green Way

Savings the Green Way

Over the past few years, Mercy Housing worked with Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to implement energy-efficient improvements in common areas and in apartments at six Colorado properties. Upgrades included energy-efficient lighting, refrigerators, hot water heating systems, HVAC systems, space insulation, pipe insulation, and low-flow showerheads and aerators. These properties combined have saved more than $75,000 in … Continue reading

Rewarding Retrofits

Rewarding Retrofits

Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) hires and trains young people to install and retrofit low-income homes with energy-efficient devices like low-flow showerheads, high-efficiency toilets, fluorescent light bulbs, and more! This program helps Mercy Housing properties conserve resources while teaching the next generation of community leaders responsibility, environmental stewardship, and is an opportunity to give back … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Energy Improvements

Groundbreaking Energy Improvements

Mercy Housing teamed with Affordable Community Energy Services Company (ACE) to perform comprehensive energy efficiency and water conservation projects for most of Mercy Housing California’s properties. Teaming with ACE will allow us to perform about $6.3 million of energy and water retrofit improvements for 6,500 affordable homes. “This project is groundbreaking in a number of … Continue reading

Too Many Treasures

Too Many Treasures

Hoarding can be a serious problem, especially when it damages health. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has found myriad health risks associated with this rarely-talked-about issue, such as falls and bad air quality from dust and mildew. Mercy Housing actively supports residents with resources to help battle hoarding, so that our residents can … Continue reading

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance

Providing a home is just the beginning while serving seniors and residents with chronic disease. A Matter of Balance is a program focused on preventing and educating at-risk populations about falling — a major risk associated with aging and illness. The program was first implemented with Mercy Housing Southwest residents in Arizona in 2014, and … Continue reading

104-Year-Old Thrives with Mercy Housing

104-Year-Old Thrives with Mercy Housing

At 104 years old, Rafelita is one of Mercy Housing’s eldest residents. For 14 years, she’s lived at Mercy Housing’s Clare of Assisi apartments. Raised in the San Luis Valley, her joyful youth was spent on a ranch. She attributes her long life to growing up on a ranch, remembering: “fresh food, time with friends … Continue reading

Giving Thanks in Bellingham

Giving Thanks in Bellingham

Earlier this fall, MHNW welcomed residents to the newly opened Eleanor Apartments in Bellingham, Washington. Eighty senior residents have a new place to call home! Some were formerly homeless, making a home in their cars and even in the woods. Today, these seniors have a warm and safe place where they are able to build community. … Continue reading