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Mercy Housing, Inc.
Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI), a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1981 by the Sisters of Mercy as their response to the correlation between substandard housing and the health and education problems of the poor among whom the Sisters worked. To date, with a presence in 44 states, MHI has developed, preserved and financed more than 35,700 affordable homes nationwide, both rental and single family serving more than 117,000 adults and children on any given day.
In addition to providing quality, affordable housing for low and very-low income people, MHI sponsors on-site resident service programs focusing on four key areas: 1) Education - developing the academic and life skills of children and adults through parenting and life-skill classes, ESL, GED, computer technology and training and the Mercy Housing After School Program for children and youth; 2) Health and Wellness - connecting residents with available on and off-site health and wellness resources; 3) Economic Development - basic and advanced financial literacy classes and workshops, Earned Income Tax Credit classes and homeownership education classes; and 4) Civic and Community Involvement - empowering residents to work for positive improvement in their apartment communities, their neighborhoods and the larger community including voter registration, leadership development seminars and volunteer opportunities for youth and adults.
Mercy Housing California
Mercy Housing California (MHC) is the largest region within Mercy Housing and began operations in California in 1988 with the mission to create stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people having special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities. Our properties are home to low and very-low income working poor families, senior citizens, persons who were formerly homeless and people having special needs including people living with disabilities and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Operating in 32 counties throughout California, MHC has developed 10,367 affordable homes: 7,392 rental units at 117 properties and 2,975 single family homes, all of which are home to more than 22,000 adults and children. Seventy-six percent of our residents are families, 16% are seniors and 8% are people with special needs. The median annual income of our resident families is $18,276, that of our resident seniors is $11,702 and of special needs residents is $9,984.
We are looking for volunteers to help teach a skill,class or summer program. We are interested in ESL classes, summer camp volunteers, art classes, financial managment, helping seniors. We ahve a large Asian population withy residents speaking Vietnamese and various other languages.
- Jessica Nguyen
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