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 >

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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Dominique, Mercy Housing Lakefront resident
“I’m blessed to have a roof over our heads”

Dominique is a 32-year old single mother who lives at Mercy Housing Lakefront’s (MHL) Washington Courts in Chicago’s Austin community. She was born and raised in the North Lawndale community, located about five miles south of Austin. “I moved with my one-year-old daughter Maliha in 2009 to Indianapolis, because I had family issues here…I lived

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Johnston Center Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
Johnston Center Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Mercy Housing Lakefront recently celebrated the Johnston Center Residences’ 10-year anniversary. This beautiful community in Milwaukee’s Lincoln Village neighborhood serves people that have experienced chronic homelessness, with affordable homes and essential resident services. Staying Connected The event was celebrated with catered boxed lunches which were distributed for 54 residents and attended by staff. Connections between

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City on a Hill Partnership
City on a Hill Partnership

It’s not easy for everyone to find quality, affordable healthcare. When you’re earning a lower income, it’s even harder. Mercy Housing has always understood that a home is the best place for people to take control of their health. As we provide hundreds of people in Wisconsin with a home, it’s essential that we provide

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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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