IN 2018, MERCY HOUSING:
Opened six new communities, adding nearly 500 new affordable apartment homes for seniors, families, and individuals with special needs.
Invested $42 million in total loans to create over 2,000 affordable homes, setting a new, all-time organizational record for loans closed in a year for Mercy Loan Fund, our Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
Analyzed five years of data collected on the occurrence of evictions and determined definitively that when Resident Services programs are available to residents, evictions are prevented or delayed.
Hosted an art exhibition, “Those People,” at Chicago’s Weinberg/Newton Gallery, with a reception that provided resident artists the opportunity to share their stories and sell their work, with proceeds going directly to the artists and the art therapy programs for Resident Services.
Broke ground on the Mount Baker Family Housing and Resource Center, supporting families and children who are currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, with a $30 million gift from the late Paul Allen and the Seattle Seahawks’ $20K match from the Home Field Advantage Campaign.
Received a donation of over $130,000 from Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist, to support veterans at Colma Veterans Village in California. With his donation, residents who are veterans that formerly experienced homelessness now have bedding, bath, and kitchen supplies.
Negotiated a solar energy agreement in partnership with Denver Housing Authority and Xcel Energy to supply solar energy to Aromor Apartments. The community has saved nearly $4,200 on electricity bills and is part of our commitment to using sustainable resources.
Created a supplemental food program in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Peach State Health Plan, providing hunger relief to 270 low-income seniors facing food insecurity every month.