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HODC Receives Grant to Make Improvements on Evanston Building

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HODC is honored to have been selected as one of 27 recipients for a grant from Rebuild Illinois for our Brummel Apts in Evanston. These funds, awarded under the new Limited Rehabilitation Preservation Program administered by Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), will be used to make needed improvements to this long-time HODC building, ensuring a safe and affordable home for our residents for the future.

“The Rebuild Illinois funds will make a huge impact for our tenants at Brummel Apts by allowing us to make needed improvements after more than 20 years of operations while protecting rent affordability. This will include exterior work such as tuck pointing, new roofing and replacing old windows with new energy efficient windows,” said Richard Koenig, Executive Director of HODC. “As the demand for affordable housing continues to grow, projects that preserve affordable housing such as this become so much more important. The impact of this project on the lives of those who live in Brummel will pay off for many years to come. We thank Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly for helping to ensure that low-income families, seniors and other vulnerable households continue to have access to housing that is safe, healthy and well-maintained.”

In Tribute to Former Board Members

Kathryn (“Kitty”) Cole

We honor the life and legacy of Kitty Cole, former HODC board president and champion of Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, who passed away on June 12, 2022. During Kitty’s time as a member of HODC’s board of directors from 2003 until 2020, her passion for helping others was a persistent driving force for all of us at HODC. She was a housing justice warrior. Kitty’s leadership and friendship were invaluable and her legacy lives on in the affordable housing created by HODC.

Executive Director Richard Koenig wrote, “Kitty’s favorite HODC building was Claridge Apts, our single room occupancy building in Evanston. She was proud of what it meant to the tenants who lived there. This illustrates her staunch commitment to helping those struggling with housing instability. Kitty’s passionate drive for assisting those in her community will live on in our properties and our work. She is missed and her friendship and leadership were invaluable. Along with Kitty’s family and friends, we mourn her passing.”

Former Board President Kristin Berg said, “Kitty was a huge supporter of HODC as well as all the other housing organizations she was involved with. She always brought humor with her very down to earth comments and advice. Kitty was never afraid to speak her mind or disagree if that’s what she thought. She was also very warm and caring.”

Roy Gottlieb

We pay tribute to Roy Gottlieb, our former board member at Housing Opportunity Development Corporation and champion of our work in affordable housing, who passed away on June 15, 2022. During Roy’s time as a member of HODC’s board of directors, from 2011 until 2020, we received the benefit of his advice, insights and humor. Roy’s dedication to his community was evident in his significant gifts of time, financial support, and knowledge during his time with HODC.

Executive Director Richard Koenig wrote, “Roy has been a wonderful friend for all of us at HODC. He was a special person who helped us find humor in difficult situations. He was always one step ahead with creative solutions. We are honored and better off because of our time together with Roy. Please know we share in this grief with his family and friends.”

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HODC’s 2021 Annual Report

The cover page of HODC's 2021 Annual Report. It has a green banner across the top with HODC's logo. Expanding housing choices in Chicago's northern suburbs. "Year 2021 In Review" There are four pictures of various people posing in front of a building, holding a red ribbon, planting a tree in front of a building, and wearing masks while posing for pictures.
Year 2021 In Review

See what HODC has accomplished during the last year in our 2021 Annual Report. With the support of our dedicated board, donors, and other partners, we continue to make a affordable housing a reality for our tenants.

HODC thanks all of our friends and neighbors for your support throughout the last year. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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HODC Cuts the Ribbon!

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On May 20, 2022, HODC celebrated our new permanent home in Skokie and Affordable Housing Awareness Month.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featured special guest George Van Dusen, Mayor of Skokie, and was emceed by Howard Meyer, President and CEO of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and Industry. President of the HODC’s Board of Directors, William Sholten, and HODC tenant Zuanetta Ratliff also spoke. Attendees had the opportunity to win gifts and gift cards donated by local business, feast on treats from Skokie’s Kneads & Wants, tour HODC’s offices, and meet our staff.

Pictures and video from the event are available here.

HODC Board Gets A Tour

On Saturday, October 2nd, members of HODC’s board of directors toured some properties owned and managed by HODC. Executive director, Richard Koenig, served as chauffer and tour guide. HODC’s board members are dedicated volunteers who give their time and expertise. It was a great day and HODC staff was proud to show off our work!

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!

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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

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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

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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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