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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.
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 >
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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!
Mercy Housing Lakefront was proud to be the recipient of a grant from Batavia United Way (BUW), with the money going toward growing Resident Services programs, focusing on health and wellness, financial stability, and education. Health and Wellness Programs “Namaste” has been the word of the day for 12 Batavia Apartments residents participating inRead More
Weinberg/Newton Gallery, in partnership with Mercy Housing Lakefront, hosted the Key Change exhibition from April 29 through July 16. Key Change featured artwork by Gabrielle Garland, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Maymay Jumsai, Riff Studio, and Southside Home Movie Project and illuminated housing injustices that disproportionately impact people with low incomes and Communities of Color and solutionsRead More
“I am most proud of how much I’ve grown in the art program.” When you first meet 15-year-old Syrianna “Siri,” you might think she is a typical high school student. But talk with her for just five minutes, and you’ll learn that she’s getting ready to set the world on fire. “I’ve been planning myRead More
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.Learn More