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Residents Healing Residents

Mercy Housing Lakefront launched an innovative Community Health Worker Program where case managers support residents to manage their own health through efficacy — four of these case managers are Mercy Housing residents, offering a powerful peer-led experience, and 33 residents have reported positive changes in their health. 

Housing, Healthcare, and Peace

PeaceHealth hospital system, sponsored by Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, donated land and $2.4M to Mercy Housing Northwest to build family housing near their hospital in Vancouver, WA.

Partners for Prevention

Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercy Care, and Managed Care Organizations partnered to provide preventative healthcare at Mercy Housing Southeast senior communities in the Atlanta area and delivered over 270 essential food boxes monthly.

 

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This Land is Your Land

Children that live in Mercy Housing Mountain Plains, explored a little nature close to home that they previously hadn’t known. Malik Wilder of Fishing For Hip Hop and Colorado Parks and Wildlife gave resident kids fishing lessons, along with the assurance that they’re welcome in their community’s protected lands. 

Leading the Way

Sabrina wants to be a state representative and is well on her way. A former resident of Mercy Housing California’s Britton Courts, she now attends Colombia University and was named 2019 National Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club, which included an impressive $100,000 scholarship and a new car!

 

Home, Casa, Nyumbani, Accueil

Students can stay connected and work on homework with the latest technology thanks to National Real Estate Practice of EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants. For the fifth year in a row, they have made a donation to support resident programming — this year donating Chromebooks with essential software. 

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Groundbreaking Success

Sunnydale HOPE SF Project is San Francisco’s largest public housing redevelopment. Mercy Housing and The Related Companies will together provide 1,700 mixed income, market-rate, and affordable homes. Streets, utilities, and the park will be upgraded, with a new Boys & Girls Club. Casala opened this year and is Sunnydale’s first new affordable apartment building.

Building Hope with Homes

We opened five new communities that offer 396 homes and rehabilitated five communities with 598 homes. That means that more families, seniors, veterans, and people with special needs will have a place to thrive.

 

Stronger than Ever

Mercy Community Capital, Mercy Housing’s CDFI, hit a 35-year high with net gross closings topping $40M, translating into $750M in development for the people that matter most: residents. 

Mercy Magnuson Place Opens

With a large crowd of friends and supporters, MHNW celebrated the opening of 148 affordable homes in summer 2019. In partnership with Denise Louie Education Center and Neighborcare Health, Mercy Magnuson Place offers an onsite early learning center and health clinic for both residents and the community. In an effort to build a thriving community for residents and families, Mercy Magnuson Place has a dedicated Youth Initiative and School Liaison who works closely with local schools and community partners to facilitate onsite programs, like monthly Meet-and-Greet Dinners, to ensure that school principals can connect with students and parents outside of the school environment.

The Seahawks Visit Mount Baker

Special guests from the Seattle Seahawks, including Home Field Advantage (HFA) campaign spokesperson Bobby Wagner, paid a visit to Gardner House and Allen Family Center in Mount Baker for a hard hat tour of the community opening in early 2020. In addition to kicking off the second year of the HFA campaign to support families in need, the Seahawks teamed up with the NFL to provide funding for a Seahawks-themed playground at Mount Baker. Two families who overcame homelessness and secured new apartments joined Bobby on the tour to share how affordable housing has impacted their lives.

Back-to-School Partners

MHNW teamed up with corporate partners and community individuals for the annual New Backpack, Fresh Start campaign. Partners like Airbnb, CBRE, CWD Group, Community Health Plan of WA and Karr Tuttle donated school supplies and helped fill backpacks at MHNW’s backpack stuffing event over the course of three days. Together, the Back-to-School efforts helped prepare nearly 1,200 youth residents at MHNW properties all across Washington state for the new school year.

Healthy Food for Families

Thanks to grants from PHPDA and the Walmart Foundation to address food insecurity, residents throughout the state received additional support through food access programs and nutrition education classes offered at MHNW communities. We collaborated with Food Lifeline to offer a weekly Mobile Food Bank at Appian Way community in Kent. At Mercy Magnuson Place in Northeast Seattle, a weekly Pop-up Food Pantry was launched in partnership with the University District Food Bank, the YMCA, and Solid Ground. By the end of 2019, 115,579 pounds of food were distributed to nearly 1,500 residents, with more than 200 nutritional seminars held at MHNW communities statewide.

Education and Equity 

The 2019 Power of Home Breakfast explored the importance of housing as a platform for education and equity. Resident Speaker, Gerson, shared his personal experience of how onsite educational programs impacted his success in school. The 10th Anniversary Breakfast welcomed over 600 attendees and raised over $310,000 to support Resident Services programs like Homework Club, which helped Gerson develop literacy, language, and math skills. Thanks to the support from our donors, MHNW can continue to provide onsite service programs that help residents thrive.

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Mercy Magnuson Place Opens

With a large crowd of friends and supporters, MHNW celebrated the opening of 148 affordable homes in summer 2019. In partnership with Denise Louie Education Center and Neighborcare Health, Mercy Magnuson Place offers an onsite early learning center and health clinic for both residents and the community. In an effort to build a thriving community for residents and families, Mercy Magnuson Place has a dedicated Youth Initiative and School Liaison who works closely with local schools and community partners to facilitate onsite programs, like monthly Meet-and-Greet Dinners, to ensure that school principals can connect with students and parents outside of the school environment.

The Seahawks Visit Mount Baker

Special guests from the Seattle Seahawks, including Home Field Advantage (HFA) campaign spokesperson Bobby Wagner, paid a visit to Gardner House and Allen Family Center in Mount Baker for a hard hat tour of the community opening in early 2020. In addition to kicking off the second year of the HFA campaign to support families in need, the Seahawks teamed up with the NFL to provide funding for a Seahawks-themed playground at Mount Baker. Two families who overcame homelessness and secured new apartments joined Bobby on the tour to share how affordable housing has impacted their lives.

Back-to-School Partners

MHNW teamed up with corporate partners and community individuals for the annual New Backpack, Fresh Start campaign. Partners like Airbnb, CBRE, CWD Group, Community Health Plan of WA and Karr Tuttle donated school supplies and helped fill backpacks at MHNW’s backpack stuffing event over the course of three days. Together, the Back-to-School efforts helped prepare nearly 1,200 youth residents at MHNW properties all across Washington state for the new school year.

Healthy Food for Families

Thanks to grants from PHPDA and the Walmart Foundation to address food insecurity, residents throughout the state received additional support through food access programs and nutrition education classes offered at MHNW communities. We collaborated with Food Lifeline to offer a weekly Mobile Food Bank at Appian Way community in Kent. At Mercy Magnuson Place in Northeast Seattle, a weekly Pop-up Food Pantry was launched in partnership with the University District Food Bank, the YMCA, and Solid Ground. By the end of 2019, 115,579 pounds of food were distributed to nearly 1,500 residents, with more than 200 nutritional seminars held at MHNW communities statewide.

Education and Equity 

The 2019 Power of Home Breakfast explored the importance of housing as a platform for education and equity. Resident Speaker, Gerson, shared his personal experience of how onsite educational programs impacted his success in school. The 10th Anniversary Breakfast welcomed over 600 attendees and raised over $310,000 to support Resident Services programs like Homework Club, which helped Gerson develop literacy, language, and math skills. Thanks to the support from our donors, MHNW can continue to provide onsite service programs that help residents thrive.

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New Beginning, Old Friends

Mercy Housing Lakefront began rehabilitation work on the Miriam Apartments in Chicago’s Uptown community to preserve 66 homes of supportive housing. Mercy Housing Lakefront will welcome residents back to the Miriam Apartments in 2020.

125 Years of Respect, Justice, and Mercy

During our 2019 Live in Hope event, we celebrated St. Catherine Residence’s 125th Anniversary, marking 125 years of service to women living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our Volunteer Service Award was presented to Friends of St. Catherine Residence at this event, recognizing over 50 years of commitment and service to the community.

Legacy of Hope

We honored Sister Lillian Murphy, Mercy Housing Inc. former CEO, by updating the community room, food pantry, and library at Cannon Place in Danville, Illinois. Improvements were made with support from the National Equity Fund.

Indianapolis Housing Development

Mercy Housing Lakefront graduated from the 2019 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute, an initiative launched by the Corporation for Supportive Housing and Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority that provides comprehensive training, individualized technical assistance, and an opportunity to apply for valuable pre-development financing. Mercy Housing Lakefront’s participation in the Institute fit into the organization’s efforts to develop new, high-quality integrated supportive housing in the Indianapolis region.

Expanding Services to the Austin Community

Mercy Housing Lakefront served as a lead strategy partner for the Housing Issue Area of Austin’s Quality-of-Life Plan called Austin Forward Together, which is facilitated by Austin Coming Together. As part of this initiative and with support from Wells Fargo, Mercy Housing Lakefront increased our investment in Resident Services staffing in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. 

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Holly Park Rededication

We celebrated the reopening of Holly Park in Commerce City, CO, after a two-year renovation.

Aromor 10th Anniversary

We commemorated the 10-year anniversary of Aromor Apartments, a home for formerly homeless individuals, in Denver

Home/Maker

We held our first pop-up art exhibition and sale to benefit Mercy Housing residents and art programs in Colorado

Live in Hope Denver & Phoenix

We hosted two Live in Hope fundraising breakfasts, raising over $85,000 for Resident Services programs in Coloraod and Arizona.

Health Navigation

We expanded our successful Health Navigation program to communities in Nebraska, after starting them in Colorado.

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Forging New Partnerships

A partnership with Project Community Connections, Inc. (PCCI), a nonprofit agency that’s been serving the homeless and very low-income residents of Atlanta for two decades, will bring a mix of permanent supportive housing, affordable units, resident amenities and services to Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. 

Decreasing Food Insecurity

Partnerships with food suppliers, on-site mobile farmers’ markets, nutrition and cooking instructors and onsite community gardens all contribute to a measurable reduction in the level of food insecurity reported by residents of family and senior communities between 2017 and 2019.

Improving Health Outcomes

By providing onsite wellness clinics through partnerships with Mercy Care and the Morehouse School of Medicine, and keeping a focus on wellness, fitness and insurance coverage, 2019 saw a significant decrease in emergency room visits among residents of both senior and family communities. Health insurance coverage rates for residents is more than 94%. For families, this is 15% better than similar age populations across Georgia. 

Enhancing Academic Achievement

Mercy Housing Family communities offer Out-of-School Time (OST) programs designed to provide enhanced educational opportunities, such as STEAM activities, arts, community gardening and nutrition learning, as well as homework assistance. For the 2018-2019 school year, 100% of the participating students achieved scores at grade level and were promoted to the next grade.

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