building healthy communities
Mercy Housing provides safe, affordable housing to families, seniors, veterans, people who have experienced homelessness, and people with special needs.
Given the many barriers that people with low incomes face, Mercy Housing’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan emphasizes the expansion of service-enriched housing, a holistic approach to poverty alleviation that offers residents programs and services that improve the health of our communities.
The Affordable Housing Crisis Continues to Grow
- The federal minimum wage is $7.25. A full-time worker must make $18.92 an hour to be able to afford a two bedroom rental home at market rent.
- Nationwide, the shortage of affordable housing is severe. For every 100 low-income households, only 31 units are available.
- 30% of people experiencing chronic homelessness have a serious mental illness, making it difficult to find and keep safe and affordable housing.
- 50,000 veterans are homeless in the United States. 46 million people live in poverty in the U.S., the highest number in almost 60 years.
- 2.5 million children are homeless in the U.S. That’s 1 in every 30 children.
- Approximately 110,000 people live in Mercy Housing supported homes
- In 2014, we delivered over 504,000 services to residents
- 70% of Mercy Housing properties have service-enriched programs
BENEFITS FOR OUR RESIDENTS
- MERCY HOUSING PROVIDES STABILITY. The length of stay for a Mercy Housing family averages 5 years.
- RESIDENTS ARE ACCESSING HEALTHCARE. 51% of residents involved in our health and wellness services have health insurance, compared to only 25% who did not.
- SENIORS HAVE BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES. Seniors that utilize our health and wellness services have fewer ER visits, have more medical checkups and are more likely to be insured.
- RESIDENTS ENGAGE AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. In our supportive housing properties, participation in community activities increased by 20% over three years.