HODC News

Another Cleland Place Update with Richard

HODC’s newest development, Cleland Place in Wilmette, is almost done! Go behind the scenes with Richard Koenig to see what a completed apartment looks like.

Cleland Place will offer 16 affordable apartments for people with low incomes. The application period for units has closed. HODC and Housing Authority of Cook County are currently sorting through the applications.

Cleland Place Update with Richard

Cleland Place, HODC’s newest affordable housing development in Wilmette, is getting closer to being ready for people to move in! Applications for tenants are being processed and a ribbon cutting is being planned for late August.

HODC’s executive director, Richard Koenig, shares the latest update at Cleland Place, HODC’s newest affordable housing development in Wilmette.
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Cleland Place Leasing Process Opens!

Three story apartment building with blue sky and flowering landscape.
Drawing of Cleland Place by Cordogan Clark.

1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments will be available at Cleland Place, HODC’s newest affordable housing development in Wilmette, by August 2021. Amenities at this apartment complex for low income households include a community room, laundry room, elevator, and resident-driven social activities. Each unit contains a full-sized refrigerator, electric range, and blinds.

To get an application:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 25th. The application can be returned to:

  • Email: roserusso@hodc.org
  • FAX: 888-505-1389
  • Mail: HODC, Attn: Cleland Place Application, 5340 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077

After 5:00 PM on June 25th, a lottery drawing will determine the order in which applications will be processed. Application interviews will begin to be scheduled on Monday, June 28th.

Questions or requests for more information can be directed to Karen or Rose at 847-564-2900, or to Rose via email at roserusso@hodc.org.

HODC’s 2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report "Building a Better World Together" hand adding wooden building block between other building blocks. A bright light shines through spaces in the building block.
Building a Better World Together

View HODC’s 2020 annual report to see what HODC and our partners have accomplished in the last year. We continued to make progress in spite of the pandemic thanks to the support of our dedicated board, donors, and other partners.

HODC remains committed to its mission of making affordable housing opportunities available to low and moderate income households in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Help us kick of Affordable Housing Month by celebrating our latest achievements!

Spruce Village Ribbon Cutting on 11/10/2020

3 story apartment building with green and white siding, and red brick. Pink flower in the forefront.
Spruce Village, Palatine

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM, HODC will celebrate the completion of construction on it’s newest building, Spruce Village at 560 Spruce Drive, Palatine, IL 60074. Join HODC’s executive director, Richard Koenig, Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz, and other community leaders as they cut the ribbon on this 44-unit affordable housing development.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on HODC’s Facebook page at 3:00 PM. Due to COVID, we encourage you to join us online. Stay after the ceremony for a one-on-one virtual tour of the building with Richard!

For those who join the celebration in person, building tours will be limited to 2 people at a time and spaced apart in order to maximize social distancing.

Spruce Village is supportive housing for people living with disabilities. Residents will have access to a full spectrum of supportive services which encourage independent living and are tailored to their individual needs. Under the coordination of HODC, services will be made available through a network of community-based service providers, including case management, life and parenting skills, and employment support.

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Virtual Groundbreaking in Evanston Scheduled

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Floor plan of 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartment. Colors highlight key areas: pink in bedrooms, blue in bathroom, aqua in kitchen, and green in stairs.
Floorplan for the second floor unit of the accessory dwelling unit in Evanston.

You can celebrate with HODC by watching the groundbreaking as it is live-streamed online on the HODC Facebook page!

HODC’s executive director, Richard Koenig (HODC) will celebrate HODC’s exciting new project with Robin Rue Simmons (Evanston 5th Ward Alderwoman), and Dick Co (Evanston Development Cooperative). Remarks will be shared about the exciting significance of this accessory dwelling unit (ADU) project in Evanston.

Construction will soon begin on a 2-bedroom, 1-bath unit over a 2-car garage. It will be added to a lot owned by HODC that currently has a 2-flat home at 1930 Jackson Avenue. This affordable housing ADU will be rented to qualified tenants earning less than 60% AMI and found through the City of Evanston’s Centralized Waitlist for Affordable Housing.

Constructed by the Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC), this revolutionary project heralds Alderwoman Rue Simmons’ years of hard work and Evanston’s commitment to increasing affordable housing options in the city by changing zoning to permit additional types of ADUs. Patented Eco-Panels will be used to frame the home, making the building safer and more energy-efficient.

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Transformation Instills Hope and Dignity in Evanston

A sunlit room with red brick walls, light wooden floors, light grey ceiling, and furniture with clean lines and cool blue, grey and green tones.
The newly transformed library at HODC’s Claridge Apartments in Evanston.

This year, Designs for Dignity selected HODC as a recipient for an Impact Grant to make over the library room at Claridge. Designs for Dignity transforms non-profit environments through pro bono design services and in-kind donations.

HODC’s Claridge Apartments provides affordable housing for 48 low-income individuals, most of whom work in Evanston. The single room occupancy building is located in Evanston’s Lakefront Historic District.

While COVID temporarily delayed completion, we’re incredibly grateful to the staff and volunteers at Designs for Dignity for seeing this project through safely and with such beautiful results!

HODC is grateful and proud to share these before and after images of this amazing transformation.

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HODC’s 2019 Annual Report

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2019 HODC Annual Report cover. Adult hand placing small wooden house in child's hands. Green bar on left with title of HODC 2019 Annual Report and HODC logo.
The Power of a Stable Address

View HODC’s 2019 annual report to see what we have accomplished in the last year thanks to the support of our dedicated board, donors, and other partners.

Since 1983, HODC has been driven by a vision that everyone has access to a home they can afford in a community of their choice. Celebrate our latest achievements driven by our mission to develop, manage, and preserve housing that is affordable to low and moderate income households primarily throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs.

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Cary Senior Living Receives Green Certification

Three-story apartment building.
Cary Senior Living, Photo by Rich Chapman

HODC is pleased to announce that Cary Senior Living has been granted the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Bronze Certification by Home Innovation Research Labs. To earn this certification, Cary Senior Living must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Air Quality; and Operation and Maintenance.

The benefits of affordable housing being Green include lower utility costs, a healthier indoor environment, and increased durability. In particular, lower utility costs expands housing affordability for low-income households such as seniors with limited income.

Cary Senior Living is a new development that opened in December 2019. The three-story building offers 62 affordable apartments for residents 62 and older. It provides modern residences, affordable rents, and a range of amenities. The need for this kind of housing is critical as the demand for affordable age-restricted rental housing in the area far outpaces the available supply.

HODC’s Coach House in Evanston Will Happen!

Rendering of small 2-story coach house. 2 garage doors on the first floor. 2 windows on the second floor. White siding and dark tile roof.
The Coach House to be constructed for HODC by the Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC).

HODC is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding to build a new coach house on its property at 1930 Jackson Avenue in Evanston. On Monday, 4/13/2020, the City of Evanston’s Planning & Development Committee voted unanimously to approve funding under the City’s HOME Investment Partnerships grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The property currently has a two-flat with two 3-bedroom affordable housing rental units. The forgivable HOME loan will enable HODC to construct a coach house on the back of the property. It will include parking for two vehicles on the ground level and a 2-bedroom apartment on the second story. The coach house apartment will be an affordable housing rental unit for a low income household.

HODC will contract with the Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC) for this project. It will be the first coach house in Evanston using EDC’s pioneering structural insulated panels (SIPs). EDC’s pre-engineered wall panels replace traditional stick frame construction and are rapidly assembled on-site. The structure will exceed HUD energy efficiency goals for new housing construction and help maintain affordability through lower operating costs.

Keep an eye out for future Evanston Coach House updates!

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