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Patricia Cochran
Chair, Board of Trustees

Ismael Guererro
President & CEO

The Foundation of Our Work

​As we look back on 2022, we find ourselves reflecting on the meaning and importance of our core values of respect, justice, and mercy. These values are the foundation of our work and guide our staff, volunteer leaders, and community partners. 2022 was a year where we made important strides in our commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and racial equity throughout Mercy Housing. ​Across the country, we opened seven new communities, providing homes for nearly 1,000 more households. We also expanded our reach to 21 states, as we broke ground on a new family community in Oregon and opened a brand-new community comprising 46 homes for families in South Carolina. We celebrated our past and future at our successful 40th Anniversary Gala.  ​We were a proud recipient of the inaugural CohnReznick 2022 Gamechangers in ESG Award, which recognized organizations that showed a deep commitment to the environmental, social, and governance space. We also received numerous development awards for Tahanan, Major Jenkins, and Casa de la Misión. Mercy Housing residents are at the center of everything we do. With your support, we helped residents across the country access local food banks and distributed healthy foods through our Resident Services programming. We also resumed important onsite, in-person services, including Out-of-School Time, financial literacy classes, donation drives, health clinics, and more. Our dedicated staff even aided residents in accessing over $6 million in state and local emergency rental assistance.  Every day, we strive to achieve more because we are constructing more than just buildings — we are providing individuals and families with a foundation to follow their dreams. Thank you to our Founding Communities, partners, and donors for your continued support. Because of you, Mercy Housing continues to make a positive impact on lives across the country.  ​Live in Hope,  Ismael Guerrero & Patricia Cocharan

Our Work

Our Mission is to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing, and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.


Having a home is often just the start of a person’s journey to stability. Resident Services provide support in the areas of health and wellness, financial and housing stability, Out-of-School Time programs, and community involvement.


Mercy Housing Management Group (MHMG) was established in 1983 to provide property management services for Mercy Housing’s affordable housing communities. 


Since 1983, Mercy Community Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has provided capital to socially responsible developers in support of affordable housing and essential community projects. 

Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mercy Housing was founded on the belief that housing justice is social justice. We live by the values of respect, justice, and mercy, and commit ourselves to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) at every stage of our work.

Environmental Sustainability

Green Hope, Mercy Housing’s environmental sustainability program, works to reduce environmental impacts, create healthier living environments for residents, and to maintain or reduce operating costs and expenses at Mercy Housing communities.

2022 Board of Trustees

Patricia Cochran (Chair) 
VSP Vision Care (Retired)

Katherine Aguilar Perez
Cities Leader — Arup

JoAnn Bertges
Wells Fargo (Retired)

Barbara Busch, SC 
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

Tom Byers
Cedar River Group

Yvonne Camacho 
Simpson Housing (Retired)

Alwyn Dias, MSW
HR Director, Executive Coach

Patricia Eck, CBS 
Sisters of Bon Secours

Charlie Francis
CommonSpirit Health (Retired)

Jane Gerety, RSM, PhD 
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Diane Hejna, CSJ
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

David Jackson
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH
Build Healthy Places Network

Barbara Kelley

Ed Madell 
Continental Properties Company

Paul Neumann
Trinity Health (Retired)

Sam Ross, M.D. 
Bon Secours Mercy Health (Retired)

Will Snyder 

Linda Werthman, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Founding Communities

Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise

Daughters of Charity, Province of the West 

Sisters of Bon Secours, USA 

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

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