PeaceHealth partners with Mercy Housing Northwest to bring affordable housing to Vancouver

PeaceHealth will donate the land parcel for the project, which is located near PeaceHealth Southwest

VANCOUVER — PeaceHealth is partnering with nonprofit developer, Mercy Housing Northwest to bring affordable family housing to Vancouver.

PeaceHealth will donate the land parcel for the project, which is located near PeaceHealth Southwest at NE 5th and NE 93rd Avenue. It will also work collaboratively with Mercy in determining on-site resident services and programming. Mercy will own and manage the housing development which will consist of 72 units for family housing.

“We recognize that our role of caring for our community goes well beyond the walls of our clinics and hospitals,” says Sean Gregory, Chief Executive of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “By collaborating with Mercy, it enables us to directly address housing needs. And, we know that in Vancouver one in three low- or moderate-income households are experiencing a severe cost burden, spending more than half their income on housing.”

Mercy Housing brings a history of successfully developing and managing affordable rental units that give lower-income households a secure place to call home. Since its founding 27 years ago, Mercy has successfully developed more than 2,000 affordable rental homes across 16 counties in Washington.

“Mercy Housing Northwest is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with PeaceHealth,” said Bill Rumpf, President of Mercy Housing Northwest, “We look forward to creating 72 new rental homes, with resident services designed to support health and wellness, children’s success in school and financial stability.  We also acknowledge the Vancouver community for approving a housing levy to make it possible to create well-designed, affordable housing.”

The location for the project was chosen based on the adjacency of the site to health care services, as well as being close to jobs, schools, bus service, and major thoroughfares. Resident services and programs will be offered on site.

Over the next few months, PeaceHealth and Mercy will collaborate on collecting input from the community and key stakeholders that will lead to final designs and decisions on resident services. Groundbreaking is projected sometime in 2020, with opening for residents in 2021.

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit PeaceHealth online at peacehealth.org.

About Mercy Housing Northwest

A nonprofit organization, Mercy Housing Northwest is a leading developer and manager of affordable family housing. Since its founding 27 years ago, Mercy has successfully developed more than 2,000 affordable rental homes across 16 counties in Washington. The Founding Communities for Mercy Housing Northwest include the Sisters of Providence, Sisters of St Joseph of Peace, Sisters of the Holy Names and the Adrian and Tacoma Dominicans.

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