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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.
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!
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 wasRead More
Seniors at Assisi Homes of Kenosha enjoyed working with a volunteer to make their own jewelry. This past summer, residents of Assisi Homes of Kenosha enjoyed making their own jewelry. One resident’s granddaughter came to the building to help the residents with their creative projects. Residents especially enjoyed working with the young volunteer and woreRead More
Your support helped Caryl gain new skills and independence in her pursuit of a career she’ll love. As a speaker at the Live in Hope Celebration, Caryl shared her experiences from living at St. Catherine Residence. For 11 years, Caryl has called St. Catherine’s home and she spoke about her personal growth over the yearsRead 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