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 >

Mercy Housing Lakefront's 2018 Impact Report

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!


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Sing, Sing a Song … Music Monday at Colony Park

Last Monday, the sounds of music and song (and, even a few fancy dance steps, too) filled the air in Carol Stream where approximately 300 senior residents call Colony Park home. Residents participated from their balconies to join in song with Colony Park’s staff. Music can trigger memories and reduce anxiety. During these unprecedented days of shelter

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Wisconsin residents are getting healthy food thanks to partner Hunger Task Force.
Healthy Life at Your Doorstep

Wisconsin residents are getting healthy food thanks to partner Hunger Task Force. In 2019, Mercy Housing Lakefront partnered with Hunger Task Force Milwaukee to provide monthly food donations for residents at several Wisconsin properties through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The Johnston Center, Jefferson Court Apartments, and Saxony Manor all benefit from this program.

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Tracey, a native of Milwaukee, has lived at Mercy Housing Lakefront’s St. Catherine Residence since 2010
Eat Fresh, Feel Fresh

Cooking and nutrition classes are changing lives like Tracey’s thanks to Resident Services. Tracey, a native of Milwaukee, has lived at Mercy Housing Lakefront’s St. Catherine Residence since 2010. Tracey followed in her mother’s footsteps with a career in the printing industry, which she continues today with a part-time job. Since moving to St. Catherine’s,

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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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