Mercy Housing - December 2014
Mercy Housing was founded in 1981 by the Sisters of Mercy in response to what they saw as a growing crisis in the United States – the lack of safe, clean, quality and affordable housing.
MHC's 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. With a presence in 41 states, MHI has developed, preserved and financed more than 45,800 affordable homes nationwide, both rental and single family, serving more than 152,600 adults and children on any given day. Mercy Housing California (MHC) is the largest regional division of national nonprofit Mercy Housing, Inc.
The primary impact of the core work of MHC is the alleviation of poverty. Fifty-one percent of residents are families, 33% are seniors and 16% are people with special needs. The median annual income of a Mercy Housing household in California is $15,344. At any moment in time, over 22,000 adults and children in California are given the opportunity to move up and out of poverty by first, having access to quality housing that they can afford and second, having access to services within the housing aimed at gaining education, increasing income potential, maintaining independence, accessing affordable healthcare and more.
The need to develop a partnership with SFBFS began as the needs of their residents increased during the recession. As part of their organizational goals and regional goals, MHC were looking to enhance and improve health programs that were already occurring at our affordable housing communities throughout Sacramento comprised of 760 rental apartments for extremely low, low, and moderate income families. Additionally a majority of their tenant population lack reliable transportation access and have disabilities which create barriers to accessing SFBFS Distributions (both historically at warehouse and at present mobile distributions).
One MHC employee had a personal connection with a staff member of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and suggested reaching out to SFBFS to see if they could form a partnership to help the residents. SFBFS assists MHC by having a Food Distribution at 10 Mercy Housing Sites once per calendar month. At the distribution, tenants are referred to SFBFS' education programs and to CalFresh eligibility screening and assistance.
Mercy Housing and SFBFS are dedicated to helping families in need in our community. "In response to the overwhelming challenge our families face in maintaining healthy food budgets, it is our hope that the assistance from SFBFS helps us take on that challenge of providing quality and nutritious food supplements to their monthly food budgets," says Steven Root, Resident Services Coordinator at Mercy Housing. "It is a part of Mercy Housing's core values of Justice, Mercy, and Respect."
If you are an organization looking to begin a partnership with SFBFS, please call (916) 456-1980.
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