In 1981, the Sisters of Mercy of Omaha found that a lack of adequate housing was the root cause of many of the health and education problems they saw in their community. With an initial investment of $500,000, they founded Mercy Housing, Inc., a non-profit, public-benefit corporation in Nebraska.
The Sisters began by acquiring properties that were at risk of being sold at market rate. They renovated the properties and leased them to low-income people. They also realized, however, that they wanted to go beyond providing only a home for families, seniors and people with special needs. The Sisters of Mercy wanted to provide services and programs that would help these residents stabilize their lives and thrive in their communities.
Today, Mercy Housing is a national organization that acquires and dev elops program-enriched housing for a variety of low-income populations, including families, seniors and people with special needs.
Mercy Housing is working to create a more humane world where poverty is alleviated, communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential. We believe that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, transform neighborhoods and stabilize lives.
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.
Mercy Housing Today
Mercy Housing has participated in the development, preservation and/or financing of more than 37,200 affordable homes, both rental and single family, serving more than 128,000 people on any given day.