Mercy Housing California’s Caroline Sever­ance Manor in Los Angeles lives up to its namesake, the suffragist who worked for social change in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The 85-unit development, which started lease-up in March, is providing one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units for low-income families; households in which children are cared for by a relative other than their parents; the chronically homeless; and individuals with mental illness, all in a service-­enriched ­environment.

In addition to providing the housing, the development team worked with neighboring First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, which Severance and her husband founded, to build a new, 5,000-square-foot, licensed child-care facility to replace the outdated one the church had built in the 1960s.

Mercy Housing California will provide on-site services and help link residents to what’s available in the neighborhood, including after-school programs, a food bank, and a community garden.

“This development is a testament to the legacy of Ms. Severance,” says Ben Phillips, regional vice president of Mercy Housing California.

Phillips says the linchpin for the $32.6 million development was Mental Health Services Act funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Financing also included a permanent loan and low-income housing tax credit equity from Wells Fargo Bank and funding from the city.