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The Need for Affordable Housing
A significant number of communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin continue to struggle with a shortage of affordable housing. In Illinois alone, there is a shortage of more than 324,000 affordable rental homes for extremely low-income households – forcing many people to become homeless or just one paycheck away from homelessness.
Rent burden and housing instability have widespread negative impacts on people’s health, education, and economic security.
Help People Like Edna
On her own at 17 years old, Edna battled homelessness and addiction on the streets of Chicago. Filled with hope and a desire for a better life, she found her way to Mercy Housing Lakefront and moved into an apartment in the Schiff Residences.
Edna met Tarlisa Hunt, the Schiff Residences Property Manager, whose encouragement gave her the strength to go to school and eventually graduate from the prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. Watch Edna’s Story >
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We are proud to serve our residents and Lakefront communities through the development of affordable housing and resident services. Donate today to help us continue our mission!
Dominique is a 32-year old single mother who lives at Mercy Housing Lakefront’s (MHL) Washington Courts in Chicago’s Austin community. She was born and raised in the North Lawndale community, located about five miles south of Austin. “I moved with my one-year-old daughter Maliha in 2009 to Indianapolis, because I had family issues here…I livedRead More
Mercy Housing Lakefront recently celebrated the Johnston Center Residences’ 10-year anniversary. This beautiful community in Milwaukee’s Lincoln Village neighborhood serves people that have experienced chronic homelessness, with affordable homes and essential resident services. Staying Connected The event was celebrated with catered boxed lunches which were distributed for 54 residents and attended by staff. Connections betweenRead More
It’s not easy for everyone to find quality, affordable healthcare. When you’re earning a lower income, it’s even harder. Mercy Housing has always understood that a home is the best place for people to take control of their health. As we provide hundreds of people in Wisconsin with a home, it’s essential that we provideRead More
Partner With Us
Long-term solutions to the affordable housing crisis begin with an organizational commitment to lasting, creative, and dynamic partnerships. We are constantly building new relationships to meet the needs of our communities and capitalize on opportunities in the Great Lakes region.
We hope you’ll join us in finding new solutions and empowering even more residents to achieve their dreams.Learn More