In The News

Source: Chicago Sun-Times With more than one in 10 houses in Chicago vacant, and experts expecting the foreclosure crisis to continue to grow, nonprofits and the city are renting out more of those properties and offering incentives for those willing to buy. Neighborhood Housing Services, a 35-year-old Chicago non-profit, this year will lend $18 million

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Source: Affordable Housing Finance Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has transferred 616 affordable homes to Mercy Housing Southeast’s property portfolio. The transaction was completed Dec. 31. Learn more…

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Mercy Housing California is working hard to improve life in Sunnydale – a low income housing project that the San Francisco Chronicle described in 2008 as “…quite possibly the most dangerous, depressed and decrepit area of the city.”  A Nov. 5 Chronicle article adds details about the suffering in the neighborhood: “Sunnydale residents share stories

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Source: The Denver Post Mercy Housing has started construction on Bluff Lake Apartment Homes, an affordable housing project that will house 92 families.  Designed by KTGY Group Inc., the $11.5 million project is located at the intersection of East 31st Avenue and Hanover Street in Stapleton.  Learn more…

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Each November the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The good news is that during this week – Nov. 12-18 in 2011 – groups across the country organize events to improve what has become a major crisis in our country.

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Don’t believe the folks who tell you that Congress doesn’t get anything done. Just a few days after the Senate’s first housing appropriations budget for 2012 was released, we’re hearing from staffers that both sides are ready to consign housing programs for the lowest income people to another year of historic cuts and budget gaps.

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A note from Mercy Housing’s Washington DC Policy Associate – Eva Wingren Imagine, for a moment, a world without the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. 9/10ths of the affordable housing industry’s current production capacity either sacrificed on the altar of deficit reduction, or converted to a clumsy federal program run by folks who don’t understand

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The back-to-school season is an exciting time; however, it can also be a trying time for many students. Studies show that one out of every four kids is bullied and there are about 160,000 children that miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. Mercy Housing Peace Pal participants from Crestview Apartments in

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A vacant lot becomes a new park for refugee families. The Trust for Public Land is partnering with Denver Urban Gardens and Denver Parks and Recreation to expand an existing community garden and construct a soccer field and playground for three low-income housing communities in east Denver including Mercy Housing’s Grace Apartments. Watch the video… [youtube

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Before moving to Villas de Merced, Luis and Patricia Vazquez were struggling to find a safe, comfortable home that their family could afford. In 2000, the family moved into Villas De Merced, a Mercy Housing family property located in Mesa, Ariz., that is home to nearly 300 residents. Their 11-year-old son, Luis Jr. struggles with

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