Our community has an affordable housing problem:
In Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, housing instability is becoming one of the most pressing economic issues in our region. The cost of living is continuing to increase, while local wages are remaining stagnant. In this ever tightening housing market- more local families are facing the harsh reality that they simply cannot sustain their housing.
1 in 25 children in Harrisonburg will experience an episode of homelessness this year:
One of the most damaging aspects of a rising rental eviction rate and an ever tightening housing market is the number of displaced children within our community. The trauma created by family homelessness is impacting our schools and is having a profound impact on developmental growth of a striking number of local children.
The face of homelessness is changing... and it looks like someone that you might know:
In Rockingham County 42% of its residents fall below the ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) Threshold, a measure of what it takes to "make ends meet". In Harrisonburg City, that number rises to a shocking 60% of residents falling below the income needed for sustainability. Therefore, a Mercy House client may be the person who poured you a cup coffee this morning at a local diner, the cashier at the grocery store, a co-worker, or potentially your child's classmate.
What is Mercy House doing to help and why should I consider making a gift? :
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