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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!
Georgia, 74, has lived at Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Marian Housing Center in Racine for over twelve years. Prior to finding Marian Housing Center, Georgia had a mini stroke which drastically impacted her health for the long term. She spent significant amounts of money on medical bills, causing financial strain, and was looking for a moreRead More
For more than 125 years, St. Catherine Residence has provided women of diverse talents and needs in Milwaukee with stable, affordable housing for as long – or as brief – a period as they need it. Thousands of residents have benefited from this flexibility as St. Catherine Residence has played a vital role in theRead More
Latoya reflects on the power of finding a welcoming place to call home, St. Catherine’s, when she needed it most. For Latoya, St. Catherine Residence has been there when she needed it. “I actually lived here before,” she explains. “The first time I came here, I was eighteen.” Latoya had moved out on her ownRead More
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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