Mercy Housing & Human Development (Mercy Housing) is a faith-based organization that provides a range of social services and housing assistance to low-income residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mercy Housing provides home ownership opportunities to low-income families through research, analysis, advocacy, direct services and community organizing. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mercy Housing & Human Development has focused on ensuring adequate, affordable housing for all people on the Mississippi Coast.
Scope of Work
Alembic assisted Mercy Housing & Human Development in designing and implementing a community visioning process in Dâ€™Iberville, Mississippi. Dâ€™Iberville, a small city across the bay from Biloxi, was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, with the storm surge destroying many homes along the cityâ€™s bayous. Alembic worked with senior Mercy Housing staff and key community stakeholders to design a planning process and to tailor interview and survey questions to the specific circumstances of a post-Katrina Dâ€™Iberville. These included questions around Mercy Housingâ€™s efforts to place a primary care clinic/emergency shelter in one Dâ€™Iberville neighborhood. Alembicâ€™s work included a survey of 250 residents, interviews with local residents, business owners and elected officials and open community meetings.
The community profile that Alembic Community Development compiled outlines residentsâ€™ and community leadersâ€™ goals for rebuilding the city. It has served as a tool to shape the mission and objectives of Mercy Housing and Human Development to better reflect the needs of the community it aims to serve.