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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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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,Read 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