A message from the President
We often say that “housing is health,” but it’s also so much more. For individuals, it’s a prerequisite to realizing personal aspirations and achieving long-term stability. For communities, it’s a vital resource in addressing systemic inequities in pursuit of social justice.
MERCY HOUSING LAKEFRONT
Getting By with a Little Help from
For Josephine, having access to onsite services during the past few years has made a world of difference. In late 2019, Josephine was struggling to manage the maintenance on her house by herself and wanted to find somewhere affordable where she could remain active and engaged in a community. Josephine discovered Assisi Homes of Kenosha, which provides 60 affordable homes with onsite services for older adults with low incomes. “I just love it,” she says. “It’s beautiful.”
By the Numbers
MERCY HOUSING LAKEFRONT FOOTPRINT
WHO WE SERVE
in housing development and preservation pipeline
Partnered with pharmacies and healthcare organizations to provide 82 pop-up vaccination clinics at 32 communities across the Lakefront region. Seventy clinics were devoted to COVID-19 shots and boosters and 12 for flu shots.
Remembering a Special Resident
Her biological parents were alcoholics and didn’t provide a loving home. When Linda was 13, she and her siblings were adopted by another family. For the first time in her life, Linda felt loved.
Learn more about what buildings we are working on, like Major Jenkins Apartments.
In 2021 Mercy Housing Lakefront completed a successful rehabilitation of the Major Jenkins Apartments, a 100-year-old building that we first acquired and rehabbed in 1995.
To Carl, a 15-year military veteran, family is everything. But when he fell on hard times, leaving him unemployed, dealing with health issues, and homeless, he isolated himself from his strongest support system: his family.
“I missed birthdays, graduations, births, the list goes on and on and on,” he said.
Carl eventually found a transitional housing program, and his case manager referred him to Mercy Housing Lakefront. “There’s so many resources out there that are available, that I did not know about,” Carl explains. “The biggest thing was just to get permanent housing.”
An Opportunity for a Second Chance
For more than 17 years, Reynold has given recurring donations to Mercy Housing Lakefront through Allstate’s Giving Campaign, where he’s been employed for nearly 22 years. “You give residents a sense of forward hope,” says Reynold as he reflects on why he gives.