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 >

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!

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Jazzin’ It Up — Musical Moments at Colony Park

The power of music was well known even before science confirmed what we already knew: music heals us. And at a time when more and more people are suffering from the effects of long-term stress, music’s healing abilities are needed more than ever. Over the last few months, it has been inspiring to see how

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A New Chapter

Lunden overcame homelessness and health problems to rekindle his relationship with his family. If there’s anything Lunden has learned in the past few years, he says, it’s “just try your best, put your faith in God if you’re a religious person. Once you’ve hit the bottom, you’ve got nowhere to go but up.” Lunden has

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With the support of the Walmart Foundation, St. Catherine Residence partnered with the Women’s Club of Wisconsin to provide 472 pre-packaged meals and with Jennaro Brothers to provide 1,700 pounds of fruit and vegetables.
Thank you for helping residents during these difficult times

Across Mercy Housing Lakefront communities, we have continued to provide support and assistance to residents facing difficulties during the pandemic. We are so grateful for our partners who have assisted us in supporting Wisconsin residents, and we are happy to highlight partnerships that provide emergency assistance for residents and property staff. We thank all partners,

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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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