Friday, November 10, 2017

Feel Good Friday - Mercy Housing

Not only is today Feel Good Friday, for me it's also moving day! That's what inspired me to share the work of Mercy Housing.

What I learned from a visit to their website is that, "Mercy Housing is one of the nation's largest affordable housing organizations." It was started in 1981 by the Sisters of Mercy to provide affordable housing options to local residents in Omaha, Nebraska. Since then, Mercy Housing has grown to serve over 152,000 people across 41 states.

Their 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."

This is achieved through the the Mercy Loan Fund, which provides loans to community developers to build affordable housing, and the Mercy Housing Management Group, which provides property management for the Mercy housing communities. In 70% of Mercy properties, resident services are available to help residents create stable lives. These services include health and wellness classes, health screenings, cooking classes, finance classes, after-school care and more.

To support the work of Mercy Housing, you can volunteer your time or you can donate your money, knowing that 93% of donations go directly to program delivery. To stay in the know, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @mercyhousing.

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