Mercy Housing Northwest
Today, I am reflecting on gratitude. In 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Power of Home Breakfast. We spotlighted our commitment as a housing agency to promoting educational access and success, and critically evaluating our role in racial equity. More than 600 members of the community attended. We thank all who have supported us and the residents, whether it was with a generous contribution, time spent volunteering at one of our communities, or connecting us to a resource. This work does not happen without you.
"Where You Can Be Yourself"
It’s Rolando’s first year at the University of Washington in Seattle, but he’s no freshman. While growing up at Mercy Housing’s Sterling Meadows family community, Rolando chose to take challenging courses that shaved off a few semesters. And with a portion of his tuition covered by scholarships, he’s well-positioned to pursue his dreams of civic leadership and spreading educational equity.
“There’s a lot I’m interested in. I know I want to help and give back and maybe start something up like the help we [fellow students] had at Sterling Meadows. That would be a real long-term goal for me, where I could establish a place to help low-income families and people of color that need help with education. I’ve always looked at being a teacher too… and maybe even the governor of Washington State!”
This first year at college isn’t just a big step for him, but his family as well — he’s the first person in his family to attend a four-year university.
Average annual household income
about one-third of Washington State's renter median household income of $46,391*
*Data obtained from the National Low Income Housing Coalition 2019 report.
Program Efficiency Ratio
Percentage of total expenses that goes directly toward Program Activities
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.
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.
Thank you for your support
Our donors and partners are committed to creating affordable homes and inspiring dreams, as we continue our important work of serving the most vulnerable families and seniors. As we enter a new fiscal year, our services are needed now, more than ever, to meet the growing needs of people of all ages across the country.