Eighty homeless veterans will soon have new Chicago homes.
There was a groundbreaking ceremony this week on the City’s West Side for Hope Manor Apartments, a development that will provide affordable housing and supportive services to homeless veterans in Chicago.
“We are committed to providing not only the needed, safe and affordable housing that our veterans deserve but also the educational, employment, medical and social services they need to get back on the path to independent living,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.
The four-story structure will house:
*30 studio apartments
*10 two-bedroom units
*10 three-bedroom units
The facility will also offer:
*A strong support network
*Job training and coaching
*Employment readiness classes
*A business resource center
*A health and wellness clinic
*Substance abuse recovery resources
*Service for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses
Developed by the Volunteers of America of Illinois, funding for the $14.4-million development is coming from many resources including the city of Chicago, which sold the vacant land for $1, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
An Illinois energy grant will fund some energy-efficient upgrades like a partial green roof, a solar hot water heater and Energy Star appliances.
“The Hope Manor Apartments to be located on this vacant parcel of land will help formerly homeless veterans reintegrate back into the workforce and help them get the resources they need to lead productive lives,” said Mayor Daley. “These types of affordable housing projects are a great example of how Federal, State, City and private enterprise can work together to build housing for our homeless veterans.”
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 100,000 veterans are homeless on any given night around the country.
The Chicago project, which will create 75 jobs during construction, is expected to be completed by November 2011.
“Hope Manor Apartments demonstrates how important supportive housing is to end homelessness,” said IHDA Executive Director Gloria L. Materre. “By investing in this development, we are getting our Veterans off the streets and giving them hope.”