Mercy Housing Lakefront

Our mission is to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities. 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 52 properties with more than 5,500 units serving more than 8,000 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

318,859 Shortage of Affordable Rental Units for Extremely Low-Income Households in Illinois
$10,478 Average Mercy Housing Resident Income

Our Impact

52 Rental Properties
8,097  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.

Download our Fact Sheet to learn more about the problems of our region and the impact of Mercy Housing Lakefront >

Mercy Housing Lakefront's 2018 Impact Report

The Impact You’ve Made

We know that stable homes and supportive services have the power to change lives. Thanks to your support, Mercy Housing Lakefront is able to provide the residents of the Great Lakes region with the stable, safe housing and integrated services they need to thrive. On behalf of the more than 8,000 residents who call a Mercy Housing Lakefront community home, thank you for making this possible.

Read the full 2018 Impact Report


Your support powers our resident-centric approach, through which we’re able to develop and manage high-quality affordable housing properties as well as engage residents beyond providing them a place to live.

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!


News Feed

Mercy Garden Volunteers
A Dream with a View

Residents at Mercy Gardens, a Mercy Housing community in San Diego, wanted to create a sense of solace for their neighborhood. A small patch of land with a view just outside their front door had so much potential. They knew, with a little help, they could turn this small patch of mulch into something beautiful

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Career Fair
A Foot in the Door

Thanks to donor and community support, students living at Marian Park participated in the Youth to Career Fair, an educational fair put on in partnership with the greater Wheaton, IL community. This program offered Mercy Housing residents valuable information about discovering meaningful career paths. Our Resident Services staff partnered with our onsite Out-of-School Time program

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Finding Firm Financial Ground

Inspired by her own grade school teacher, who pushed her to achieve her potential, Lottie had a long career as an educator. However, twelve years ago, Lottie was between jobs and looking for a safe, affordable home. “My prayer was, ‘God, help me to find something, somewhere that I feel comfortable and safe.’” Lottie was

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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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