HODC Tenant Appreciates the Peaceful Environment
“If you can’t be comfortable at home, where can you be comfortable?” Vincent says. Vincent and his family are residents in an HODC-developed building that provides supportive housing in Skokie. They have lived there for several years. Originally from Miami, Florida, Vincent admits the transition from tropical Miami to Chicago was a challenge at first, but they have fallen in love with Skokie and enjoy living in their building.
Vincent’s building is one of four in a development with 18 one- and two- bedrooms apartments that provide supportive housing for people with disabilities. Supportive services are provided by local social service agencies.
The development’s location is perfect for this family’s busy life. Their children, a daughter in preschool and a son in grade school, attend the same school in Skokie, which is close to their building. Vincent is pleased with the excellent reputation of Skokie’s schools and is excited that his children are receiving a good education. The commuter train and Pace bus are within walking distance of his home, which allows them to run their errands easily. The playground behind the building is a great place to spend time outside with his kids.
Vincent appreciates the peaceful environment and notes how well all of the tenants in the building get along. He says his neighbors are friendly and like to help each other out. “I’ve always liked to be respectful of my neighbors,” he adds.
The building is well cared for, says Vincent, management is responsive, and repairs are made in a timely manner. Vincent takes pride in his building and likes to spend time sprucing it up. His neighbors may find him tidying the laundry room or sweeping hallways. He also hung pictures and planted pots inside and planted flowers outside to beautify the landscaping. “I don’t mind doing it,” he says.