St. Catherine Residence

Mercy Housing Lakefront


The mission of St. Catherine Residence is to ensure safe, affordable and supportive housing to low-income women of diverse talents and needs who aspire to maximize their personal growth and employment opportunities. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy 119 years ago, St. Catherine Residence, which includes McAuley Apartments, provides safe, affordable housing to more than 200 women and families. Many residents have limited access to other types of affordable housing and this ministry fills a critical need in the community.

St. Catherine Residence provides housing for up to 157 women in suite-style apartments, with shared baths and community kitchens. Women may rent short- or long-term and stay as long as they need.

St. Catherine Residence is located in the trendy and historical neighborhood referred to as the “Lower Eastside” and is only two blocks from the Park and Lake Michigan. This location is perfect, providing seasonally changing scenery plus hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and convenience to all city amenities.


  • Most rooms are "sleeping only," with two rooms sharing a bathroom
  • Shared Suite: Shared with a suitemate. Two rooms connected by one entry hall and bathroom. Available in four sizes.
  • Standard Single: One-person occupancy. Private room and bathroom
  • Efficiency: One-person occupancy. Features a private bathroom and kitchen.


  • Staffed reception/locked loby 24 hours/7 days a week
  • Utilities are included in the rental rate
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Three cooking lounges, two large community kitchens
  • Chapel (open to residents 24 hours a day)
  • Access to major bus routes
  • Computer resource room/library
  • Spacious lounges with DVD and cable
  • On-site activities, programs and events
  • Exercise area with workout equipment
  • Rooftop deck offering spectacular views
  • On-site parking

St. Catherine Residence

1032 East Knapp Street
Milwaukee, WI 532020
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Phone: 414-272-8470
[TTY 800-855-2880]

Property Type: Supportive
Units:  157



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