State, feds award $38.7 million to create or repair permanent supportive housing projects

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will award $39 million to projects that create or preserve permanent supportive housing across the state. Funding will support construction and rehabilitation of five developments with 100 units of affordable housing.

“Here in Illinois, a safe place to call home isn’t a privilege—it’s a right,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement. “From Springfield to Cahokia Heights, this latest round of funding in federal and state dollars for IHDA’s Permanent Supportive Housing Development Program will ensure that more Illinoisans have access to housing in their own communities—giving them the support and stability they need to thrive.”

The permanent supportive housing development program supports projects to increase  housing options available to vulnerable populations and those leaving institutional settings. Developments funded by the program serve individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In addition to stable housing, developments financed under the program help residents access a range of elective supportive services appropriate to individual needs and preferences, including case management, health services and referrals, and employment resources.

Financing for this round was awarded from the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the National Housing Trust Fund.

More details on the developments approved:

Be Neighbors Veterans Community (Springfield): Two-pronged program to combat homelessness, mental health issues, and unemployment among our nation’s veteran population in Springfield. The first phase includes construction of 18 “small houses” to be leased to veterans.

Garden Apartments (Worth):  new construction of a 16-unit permanent supportive housing development in the unused Metra parking lot currently owned by the Village. All units will be targeted to individuals and families with disabilities earning at-or-below 30% of the Area Median Income.

Hamlin Avenue Apartments (Alsip): Sertoma Centre, Inc. plans to construct a 25-unit permanent supportive residence in Alsip, for individuals and families with disabilities earning less than 30% of the Area Median Income.

The Commons of Mattoon (Mattoon):  construction of a new, 25-unit building serving those at-or-below 30% of the Area Median Income.

Vivian’s Village (Cahokia Heights):  a new-construction building with 16 one-bedroom residential units, a community building, community room with kitchenette and covered porch.

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