Mercy Housing Lakefront

We are proud to serve our residents in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and we remain committed to changing lives and revitalizing neighborhoods by providing safe, quality, service-enriched housing.

We are one of the most innovative community development organizations in the Chicago and Milwaukee regions. Founded in 1986, our mission is to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing, and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.


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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

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. Because of your support, Mercy Housing Lakefront has, for 31 years, provided those we serve with the foundation 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

The Need for Affordable Housing

A significant number of communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin continue to struggle with high foreclosure and unemployment rates. The need for affordable and safe housing increases daily. Mercy Housing Lakefront provides quality, safe, and affordable housing for individuals and families who would not otherwise be able to access it. Download our Fact Sheet to learn more about the problems of our region and the impact of Mercy Housing Lakefront >

Help People Like Edna

17 years-old and on her own, Edna was battling 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 and moved into an apartment in the Schiff Residences.

With an opportunity to start over, 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!


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Keurig Dr Pepper and KaBOOM! Award Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Marian Park Apartments Let’s Play Construction Grant

CONTACT: Mercy Housing Lakefront: Brad Wilks, 312-815-5505, brad@wilksgrp KaBOOM!: Tamara Grider, 202-464-6196, CHICAGO – Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Mercy Housing Lakefront a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to provide new playground equipment for children at Marian Park Apartments in Wheaton, Illinois, an affordable housing

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Old Irving Park brewery, North Lawndale lofts honored with preservation awards

A former North Side masonic temple and a Sears catalog printing building on the West Side were the Chicago preservation projects that earned a Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award this year. The 26th annual event highlights the state’s top preservation success stories in categories including advocacy, stewardship, and rehabilitation. Read the complete

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Landmark Sears Warehouse Wins Preservation Award After Being Converted To Affordable Housing

For 40 years, the historic Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog printing building sat vacant, crumbling into a state of decay ever since the retail giant moved its headquarters Downtown. But after being revived into an affordable housing complex and keeping its industrial aesthetic, the building now known as the Lofts on Arthington was granted the

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Mercy Housing Lakefront has built 2,900 rental units across 28 properties located throughout the North, West, and South Sides of Chicago, as well as Countryside, Aurora, Elgin, Grayslake, and Milwaukee, WI, with five communities in development that will add 500 units of housing for people in need.

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

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