Mercy Housing Lakefront

Our mission is to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing, and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities. We achieve this through our resident-centric services, strategic approach to housing development, and the support of our partners and donors.

Founded in 1986, Mercy Housing Lakefront is the largest nonprofit provider of service-enriched housing in the Great Lakes region. We are proud to own and operate 46 properties with more than 5,000 homes serving more than 7,000 residents in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. We remain committed to changing lives and revitalizing neighborhoods by providing safe, quality, affordable housing and supportive social services.


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The Problem

268,089 Shortage of Affordable Rental Units for Extremely Low-Income Households in Illinois
$10,478 Average Mercy Housing Resident Income

Our Impact

46 Rental Properties
7,000  People Served

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.

Explore our Impact Report to see how we’ve responded to the needs of our region »

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 >

Donate to Mercy Housing Lakefront

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!


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Cheers to These Volunteers! Meet Cynthia & Bobbie

Earlier this summer, a Northern Illinois Food Bank truck pulled up to Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Batavia Apartments in Batavia, IL., loaded with donated food. For Batavia Apartments Resident Services Coordinator Lynn, it was a welcome sight. Margaret Perrault, the CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce had helped to coordinate the donation drop off and

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Jasmine’s Story

“You’re supposed to graduate high school, graduate college, start your career, have a business, have a home, all by 30. And, if you can do that by 30, I’m not envious, like, that’s good. I wish I could’ve done that, but everybody’s situation is different. I try not to tell myself, ‘You better have this.

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What it Means to Be a Patriot: Gordon

For Mercy Housing, Marion Housing Center resident Gordon, Wisconsin, has always been home. Growing up in the small town of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Gordon was surrounded by family who served in the military. Both his father and uncle served in WWII, with his dad stationed in the Mediterranean and his uncle assigned to the 101st

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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.

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