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supporters and residents of mercy housing

By James Alexander, President, Mercy Housing Southeast Unstable, insecure, frightened are words I have heard often over the past months from family and friends. It feels we are one bad headline, week, or month, away from losing our health, job, housing, savings, or the ability to protect the ones we love. And it seems there

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Magnuson Park Food Pantry Volunteers

You just got off a 12-hour shift and want to get home to see your children. Payday isn’t for another week, so going to the grocery store has to wait. You get home tired, but you muster enough energy to help your kids with their homework. Then it’s time for dinner but all you have

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The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision of the 1968 federal Fair Housing Act helped fight systemic racism in housing segregation and discrimination for people of color and especially those earning low incomes. It is part and parcel of the fight for civil rights that seeks to repair the decades of discriminatory practices and racial

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Fishing is about fun, family, and feeling like you belong. Last year, Mercy Housing’s Fishing for Hip Hop event helped resident families explore a lake in Denver to do just that, feel welcome throughout their community. They learned to fish, received free rods and reels, and got to know a natural area that they hadn’t

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Mercy Housing has refined the motel-conversion model with our recently completed community, Courtyard on Orange Grove

Converting older, deteriorating motels into housing for the homeless can be a gamble with limited wins. However, with sound planning and strategic implementation, easing California’s long-term homelessness crisis using similar strategies is doable, especially now, in light of recently approved state funding to help tackle the issue. This April, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled Project Roomkey,

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Maria pictured here with her mother and two brothers in their Mercy Housing home in L.A.

Mercy Housing provides quality, evidence-based Out of School Time (OST) programming for hundreds of youth in California communities. The goal of OST is to supplement young residents’ educational and social-emotional learning to help them lay a strong foundation for academic and life success. While originally attended primarily by K-5th grade residents, these programs have expanded

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Camp Mercy 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the structure of classroom-based learning. With California’s shelter-in-place ordinances and school closures statewide, many students are missing out on vital social aspects of school that help to promote learning and the development of healthy social bonds. Families are experiencing what has been coined ‘COVID slide,’ a 30% or greater

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Joe Thompson | President, Mercy Housing Northwest

Dear Friends of Mercy Housing Northwest, I am happy to have this opportunity to greet you as Mercy Housing Northwest’s new President, and I am excited to serve residents, staff, volunteers, and all of our partners that have come together to create vibrant, healthy communities throughout Washington and Idaho. Our national organization has new leadership

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COVID Response: From Emergency to Recovery and Resilience

As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic found its way throughout the Pacific Northwest, Mercy Housing Northwest was rapidly pivoting and learning so much about what it meant for the communities we serve. As a housing organization, shelter-in-place took on new resonance. Resident Services staff have always made it a priority to build strong, lasting

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We are pleased to share with you our new 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. With this five-year plan, we continue our commitment to residents. Mercy Housing’s North Star is defined by positive impact in the lives of residents, starting with but extending beyond housing. We owe it to residents, the guiding light of the organization, to enhance our

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