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                Mercy Housing Lakefront celebrates turning Milwaukee city facil
                permanent housing for homeless people
                This new permanent supportive housing property brings together city, county,
                entities to provide a solution for homeless adults in Milwaukee

                05.29.2009 – MILWAUKEE – Mercy Housing Lakefront, along with Milwaukee Mayor
                Tom Barrett, County Executive Scott Walker, Wisconsin Housing and Economic                  Twitter Pitc
                Development Authority Director Antonio Riley and other Milwaukee officials,                 Mercy Housin
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                celebrated the groundbreaking of the Johnston Center, a new permanent supportive
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                housing property that will be home to 91 people who are formerly homeless and
                have special needs.                                                                         News Facts
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                Mercy Housing Lakefront will rehabilitate and add new construction to the current             rehabilitate
                Johnston Center building at South 13th Street and West Windlake Avenue, which                to the curre
                has been unoccupied for the last three years and once served as one of the city’s             at South 13t

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                “We are meeting a critical need in Milwaukee for homeless housing that offers more
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                than just a roof, it offers hope in the form of supportive services,” said Mayor Barrett.
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                Milwaukee with what we hope will be the first of several projects together.”                  county, stat
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                The new $13 million property is possible through support from city, county, state and         for the Near
                federal sources and has been named a “catalytic project” for the Near South                  the Milwauk

                neighborhood by the Milwaukee Department of City Development. Area leaders                    Developmen
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                believe the Johnston Center rehabilitation will attract more businesses and services
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                to the prominent six-corner area. It will also meet the city’s critical need for
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                permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals.
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                community,” said Mercy Housing Lakefront President Cindy Holler. “When city,                  chronically
                county, state and federal entities come together to support a development like the
                Johnston Center, we know we can be successful in providing the best housing and             Resource Li
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                supportive services for people who are formerly homeless and have special needs.”
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                The new property will feature “blended management,” a model for permanent
                supportive housing that Mercy Housing uses successfully throughout the nation.              Tags
                Through blended management, on-site property managers and resident services                 Mercy Housi
                staff work together to provide quality support for residents.                               Milwaukee,
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                “Our staff members collaborate to get to know residents’ needs when they move in,
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                work in partnership with them to create a stable atmosphere and address
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                challenges if they occur,” Holler said.
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                Mercy Housing Lakefront will partner with Hope House, a Milwaukee-based
                organization that provides services for homeless and low-income individuals, to
offer case management, tenancy support, employment, training, education and
resident leadership opportunities. The Milwaukee County Department of Health and
Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division will also work with residents as part of
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Shelter Plus Care
program, which provides rental assistance in connection with supportive services for
chronically homeless people with disabilities.


The Johnston Center building has long been a recognized landmark in the Near
South neighborhood. Many people from Milwaukee have memories of receiving
medical care there.


“I have many memories of the Johnston Emergency Hospital from growing up in the
neighborhood,” said Sister Margaret Johnson, RSM, Mercy Housing Lakefront board
member and Milwaukee native. “This is where I recovered from scarlet fever and
where my siblings and I went through the trauma of stitches and vaccinations. Our
route to and from school each day was often via this very corner. Little did I know that
this place of healing one's body would one day be rehabbed into a place that would
also heal souls and spirits. I am so proud to be a part of this transformation.”


Other attendees at today’s groundbreaking included Milwaukee County Executive
Scott Walker, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Director
Antonio Reilly, Aldermen Jim Witkowiak of the 12th District and Michael Murphy,
representing the Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee.


Several government organizations came together to support Mercy Housing
Lakefront’s efforts, including City of Milwaukee, County of Milwaukee, U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Wisconsin Housing and
Economic Development Authority. Supporters from foundations and corporations
include Beyer Construction, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Harris Bank, Helen
Bader Foundation, Inland Power Group, Korb Tredo Architects, M&I Community
Development Corporation, Rockwell Automation, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.


About Mercy Housing Lakefront


Mercy Housing Lakefront, a regional office of Mercy Housing, is the Chicago area’s
premier nonprofit developer and manager of affordable housing. Mercy Housing
Lakefront currently owns 16 properties in Illinois that are home to more than 2,000
residents, including 450 children. Mercy Housing, a national not-for-profit affordable
housing organization headquartered in Denver, has a presence in 41 states, serves
more than 117,000 people on any given day and has participated in the
development, financing or operation of more than 35,700 homes. About 75 percent
of Mercy Housing’s portfolio is rental units, and the remaining 25 percent is
homeownership. Mercy Housing serves families, seniors and people with special
needs. For more information about Mercy Housing, please visit
www.mercyhousing.org.


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About Mercy Housing
Mercy Housing, a national not-for-profit affordable housing organization
headquartered in Denver, has a presence in 41 states, serves more than 115,000
people on any given day and has participated in the development, financing or
operation of more than 35,000 homes. About 75 percent of Mercy Housing’s portfolio
is rental units, and the remaining 25 percent is homeownership. Mercy Housing
serves families, seniors and people with special needs (formerly homeless, people
with HIV/AIDS and the developmentally disabled).


Contacting Mercy Housing
Mercy Housing
1999 Broadway, Ste. 1000
Denver, CO 80202
303-830-3300
Website: http://www.mercyhousing.org
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Press Contact
Jennifer Kostka
Office: 303-830-3323
Cell: 303-263-4561
Email: jkostka@mercyhousing.org
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Office: 303-830-3323
Cell: 303-263-4561
Email: jkostka@mercyhousing.org




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