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Debated and often misunderstood, poverty is a tough topic to talk about. Sometimes, we don’t even realize just how many Americans are experiencing poverty. Did you know that:   1. One in nine full-time U.S. workers are in poverty. That’s 11% of the workforce. A job doesn’t guarantee a stable, affordable life in the U.S.

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In honor of Poverty Awareness Month, we thought you should know these seven facts about homelessness. 7. You could fill five football stadiums with the homeless population of the U.S. At least 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in January of 2015 in the U.S., according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s

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Every day, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65, and by 2040, older adults are expected to make up more than 20 percent of the population. This demographic change has been dubbed “The Silver Tsunami.” As the affordable housing crisis continues nationwide, and in many places worsens, and as federal resources for senior housing continue to disappear,

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On Thanksgiving, many of us will spend time with our loved ones and reflect on what we’re thankful for. During the week preceding the festive holiday, we encourage you to consider those who are hungry and homeless. In honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 12-20, 2016), we present the following 7 facts

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Joshua Bamberger, MD, Mercy Housing’s Chief Medical Consultant, recently authored a study examining how placing homeless seniors in permanent, supportive housing changed these seniors’ quality of life and healthcare costs. The study, recently published in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, looks at how the healthcare

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

At a recent Illinois House Appropriations Committee meeting, state Rep. Greg Harris said, “We cannot balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable.” Although I suspect Harris was speaking about issues of fairness and morality, his statement also points to an economic truth. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget not only is harmful to our

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On January 29th, Sr. Patricia McDermott, RSM, a Mercy Housing Board Member, was invited to testify on poverty issues before the Senate Democratic Outreach Committee. Sr. Pat is the President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and has served on Mercy Housing’s National Board of Trustees in several different roles since 1999. Sr.

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