Letter from Doug Shoemaker

Dear Mercy Housing Supporter, Every time I sit down to write about the housing situation in our state and nation, I feel like I’m describing a scene in a Dickens novel. We have hit such a critical point in California with homelessness and housing insecurity that our work is on nearly everyone’s minds. That concern … Continue reading

Home is just the beginning

Home is just the beginning

Singing “California is a Garden of Eden. It’s a paradise to live in or see. But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot, if you ain’t got that Do-Re-Mi,” keynote speaker, Kat Taylor, captured the hopes and frustrations of so many Californians struggling to make ends meet. But, for the 1,200 residents … Continue reading

A New Home in Othello

A New Home in Othello

After a year of construction, Mercy Othello Plaza finally opened its doors on March 27th! The Mercy Housing Northwest headquarters relocated to the ground level, and residents have begun moving in to their new homes this week. After a three week lease-up window to fill 108 vacancies at our newest Southeast Seattle community, a record-breaking … Continue reading

Sterling Meadows Celebrates 15 Years in Bellingham

Mercy Housing Northwest’s Sterling Meadows property in Bellingham, WA celebrated its 15th anniversary this past month! The residents joined MHNW staff at the Sterling Meadows community center and celebrated together with a potluck feast and fun activities. In light of the festivities, local establishments generously donated a piñata for the kids and a delicious tres … Continue reading

BBVA Compass, Opportunity Finance Network Welcome First Class of Opportunity Fellows to Birmingham

BBVA Compass, Opportunity Finance Network Welcome First Class of Opportunity Fellows to Birmingham

25 professionals from diverse finance organizations participate in leadership program Fellows to explore ways to give underserved communities better access to capital BIRMINGHAM, AL, March 22, 2017— BBVA Compass and Opportunity Finance Network on Tuesday welcome their inaugural class of 25 Opportunity Fellows to Birmingham for a three-day training session where they’ll explore how to … Continue reading

Resident Leaders on a Path to Employment

Resident Leaders on a Path to Employment

Soon after Mercy Housing Northwest began providing Community Health Worker (CHW) services at seven properties in Seattle and South King County in 2014 they noticed an exciting trend. A number of participants in the health and wellness programs were encouraged to attend by emerging ‘resident leaders.’ These resident leaders are trusted voices in their communities … Continue reading

Housing and Health- Working Together for Residents

Housing and Health- Working Together for Residents

Maria lives in Kent with her family, including a young son with Down syndrome. After she connected with Esther Vazquez, a Spanish-speaking MHNW CHW who serves two affordable housing properties in Kent, Maria began attending weekly classes and taking a more active role in her family’s health. Esther introduced Maria to free and low-cost options … Continue reading