HODC News

HODC Opens New Senior Living Building in Cary

Smiling developers, officials, and community members are ready to cut the green ribbon in front of Cary Senior Living.
Village officials, developers, builders, funders, future tenants, and members of the public gather to officially cut the ribbon and open Cary Senior Living, a new 62 unit affordable housing rental community for residents aged 62 and older.

The Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) and PIRHL Developers celebrated the completion of their new building, Cary Senior Living, on Tuesday, December 3rd.  The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), Cary Mayor Mark Kownick, and other local officials were on hand to help cut the ribbon.

The three story building is an affordable rental community for residents who are 62 years or older. It offers 38 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom apartments. Seven of those apartments are reserved for seniors who are eligible for assistance from the McHenry County Housing Authority.

Cary Senior Living is Passive House Certified through the Passive House Institute U.S. This means that the building meets state-of-the-art energy standards that are designed to reduce the environmental impact of the development and to enhance the long term comfort and livability of the community. Units also include energy-efficient appliances.

This development comes at a time when the demand for affordable housing in the area is far greater than the available supply. Accessibility and adaptability features are also included to help residents stay independent. Residents will also enjoy access to a fitness center, library and game room, and on-site management.

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Richard Koenig Presents Mobile Workshop

HODC Executive Director Richard Koenig presented a mobile workshop “Planning for Affordable & Supportive Housing” as part of the 2019 APA-IL State Conference today. The annual conference brings together professionals from around Illinois to share ideas, grow professionally, and discover solutions to today’s challenges in urban planning.

Participants toured HODC’s own Axley Place, a supportive housing development in Glenview.

People talking in apartment.
Richard Koenig answers questions during tour of Axley Place.
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HODC’s Front Door: Fall 2019 Newsletter

Click here to view HODC’s Fall 2019 newsletter!

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Arlington Heights Welcomes Heart’s Place

More than 100 people joined HODC on September 11, 2019, to celebrate the opening of Heart’s Place in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Heart’s Place is an 18 unit supportive housing apartment building for residents with disabilities. This new development was the product of a collaboration between HODC and UPholdings.

Group of building developers, community activists, and politicians cut red ribbon in front of Hearts Place.
L-R: Alison Toffic, Senator Ann Gillespie, Trustee Mary Beth Canty, Representative Mark Walker, Hugh Brady, Richard Koenig, Mayor Thomas Hayes, Keith Pryor, Jessica Berzac, Tim Klont, Rachel Rhodes, and Jessica Hotaling. Photo by Martika Photography, LLC.

Special guest speakers spoke about the impact of Permanent Supportive Housing on the community and on people’s lives. These speakers included Village of Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes, Federal Home Loan Bank Vice President of Community Investment Tim Klont, and Illinois Housing Development Authority Senior Development Officer Keith Pryor. Attendees included Senator Ann Gillespie, Representative Mark Walker, Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton, Village of Arlington Heights Board Trustees, and others who toured the building’s one- and two-bedroom apartments, a shared community space, and landscaped back yard with a gazebo.

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In the news – Community Gets Ready to Welcome Heart’s Place Residents

The Daily Herald shared the building excitement around the coming opening of HODC’s Heart’s Place. “Move in baskets” are being put together by members of The North/Northwest Task Force on Supportive Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness. HODC thanks them, along with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton, and state Senator Ann Gillespie, for their support. This warm welcome will help our new residents feel at home!

Backyard of Heart's Place.
Heart’s Place
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In the news – State and County Leaders Visit Heart’s Place

Toni Preckwinkle, Ann Gillespie, and Scott Britton

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 27th District Senator Ann Gillespie, and 14th District Cook County Board Commissioner Scott Britton visited Heart’s Place in Arlington Heights on 8/1/2019. The Chicago Tribune covered the highlights of their visit. Their interest was a compliment to the hard work by the staff of Housing Opportunity Development Corporation and UPHoldings on this project.

HODC thanks all those who attended. Their support of this project and for those who need supportive housing in their communities is essential. What an exciting day!

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2018 Annual Report

2018 was a busy year for HODC! Read about our accomplishment in the 2018 Annual Report.

Richard Koenig Speaks at Housing Conference

HODC Executive Director Richard Koenig participated in a panel titled “Coordinating Services for Special Populations” at the 2019 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing last month. The annual conference addresses many aspects of affordable housing in the state of Illinois.

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Interns Expand HODC’s Service Coordination

HODC is pleased to announce the expansion of its service coordination with the addition of three DePaul University students who will be assisting at two suburban supportive housing developments. As interns, the students will assist Teandra G. Delancy, MSW, MPPA, a Service Coordinator at HODC, who serves Myers Place in Mount Prospect and PhilHaven in Wheeling. Teandra’s responsibilities bridge residents’ physical and mental health needs with their case managers to provide a continuum of care for active, independent living for residents.

Graduate students Bonnie, Lydia and Michael are studying nursing at DePaul University and will rotate between Myers Place and PhilHaven weekly. They are eager and enthusiastic to begin providing nutrition counseling, teaching yoga, and instructing residents on how to use the equipment in each building’s workout rooms.

HODC’s mission is to develop, manage, and preserve the stock of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households primarily throughout Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs. Our developments support families, senior citizens and those with disabilities. HODC also provides housing counseling for home ownership, property management, and service coordination for those in low- to moderate- income developments.

Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing is Feb. 26 -27, 2019. HODC’s Executive Director Richard Koenig will be a panelist for the session titled “Coordinating Services for Special Populations.”

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