Mercy Housing Northwest

Mercy Housing Northwest owns and operates 54 properties throughout Washington and Idaho, providing over 5,000 families and seniors a place to call home at below-market rent. We believe a family or senior’s lack of financial resources should not determine their ability to access high quality and safe affordable housing. Beyond housing, we provide onsite resident services that focus on five key program areas – housing stability, health and wellness, community engagement, education and financial well-being. Providing these critical programs right where residents live ensures that home is a platform for kids to thrive in school, for families to improve their financial stability, and for residents to have greater knowledge and access to improve their health and wellness. When combined with the stability, security, and pride of having a place to call home, these services help Mercy Housing Northwest residents work toward self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty.

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The Problem

$49,177 Average Household Income
$20,900 Average Mercy Housing Resident Income

Our Impact

54 Properties
2,269 People Served in 2018

About Mercy Housing Northwest

Mercy Housing is creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities for its residents. We build homes, transform lives and help families, individuals and seniors become self-sufficient by providing permanent housing with supportive services for our families. We’ve helped over 100 families build and purchase their own homes.

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Our Roots

Mercy Housing Northwest is grounded in the commitment of our five founding communities to address the housing needs of low-income individuals and families. Representatives of the five communities (Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Sisters of Providence, Dominican Sisters of Tacoma and Dominican Sisters of Adrian) sit on Mercy Housing Northwest’s Board of Directors and keep the organization focused on its mission and values.

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Resident Services

Providing a home that families and individuals can afford is a valuable service. Some households need more. And we provide it. We call this coordination of housing and services “Service-Enriched Housing.”

What does Resident Services or Service-Enriched housing mean?

  • After school tutoring & homework club for students
  • Exercise, health and wellness opportunities
  • Nutrition workshops and healthy cooking classes
  • Tax prep and EITC assistance
  • Emergency food assistance
  • ESL & employment coaching

The goal of Service-Enriched Housing is to help families achieve stability and then to enhance that stability. It is stability that can be the greatest preventative measure to help families avoid homelessness. We accomplish this through dedicated and highly-motivated staff, extensive community partnerships, and a focus on programs that contribute to resident success and outcomes that can be measured.

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Donate to Mercy Housing Northwest

We are proud to serve our residents and Northwest communities through the development of affordable housing and resident services. Donate today to help us continue our mission!

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News Feed

The Power of Home | Affordable Housing as a Platform for Transformation

Authored by: Joe Thompson Mercy Housing Northwest President  At Mercy Housing Northwest (MHNW), affordable housing is a platform for positive transformation, especially for our youth. Bellingham’s Sterling Meadows Apartments is a shining example. Over the last decade-and-a-half, youth who have attended our out-of-school time programs at Sterling Meadows Apartments have attained on-time graduation rates which outpace

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Port of Bellingham Moves Forward On Affordable Workforce and Family Housing and Local Food Campus Project

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: September 13, 2021 Whatcom County, WA – The Port of Bellingham has approved an option to sell 3.3 acres of property on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront to Mercy Housing Northwest and The Millworks LLC to develop an affordable workforce and family housing project and local food campus.  The option lasts until December

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Senator Rosa Franklin
Announcing Mercy Rosa Franklin Place

“Community” has been the theme threaded throughout Rosa Franklin’s life. From her humble beginning as the youngest of 12 children raised in a small South Carolina town, to becoming the first ever African American woman elected to a seat in the Washington State Senate, Franklin has been a tireless champion of improving the community around

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Mercy Housing Northwest owns and operates 59 properties throughout 22 counties in Washington and Idaho, providing 5,500 economically poor children and families a place to call home. We’ve also helped over 100 families build and purchase their own homes.

We hope you’ll join us in building the next one.

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