Lack of housing is a grave problem in many parts of the world, both in rural areas and in large cities, since state budgets usually cover only a small portion of the demand. Not only the poor, but many other members of society as well, find it difficult to own a home. Having a home has much to do with a sense of personal dignity and the growth of families. This is a major issue for human ecology.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si', #152
Touched by God’s mercy and compassion and fired by the inspiration of the Gospel and Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy advocate, educate and collaborate with others to help people into their own home. A safe and affordable place to live is a basic human right (article 25) and fundamental to an individual and family’s well-being, providing stability, privacy and security. In the words of Mercy Housing USA, ‘We believe that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, transform neighborhoods and stabilize lives.’
People experience homelessness for many reasons, often because of poverty and a lack of affordable, permanent, suitable housing. Some people may need additional supports to help them stay housed.