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.
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.
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
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 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!
HODC broke ground on December 5, 2019, in Palatine on a new
development. Spruce Village will provide 44 supportive affordable housing units
to adults living with disabilities. Spruce Village residents will be linked
with supportive services designed to encourage independent living. The building
will fill a need in the suburbs for local housing opportunities for persons
with disabilities who need to be near their families and support networks to
remain independent. Completion is expected in December of 2020.
“The struggle for people living with a disability to find
stable housing is complicated by lack of affordability,” says HODC’s Executive
Director Richard Koenig on the occasion of the Spruce Village groundbreaking.
Koenig adds: “Permanent supportive housing is a cost-effective solution to help
lower income households with disabilities improve their quality of life and
have money to spend on other important things like health care and other
services to stabilize chronic conditions.”
Spruce Village is being developed by Housing Opportunity
Development Corporation who will own and manage the project. The building was
designed by Cordogan Clark & Associates and is under construction by Henry
Bros Construction. HODC’s funding partners for Spruce Village are the Illinois
Housing Development Authority, National Equity Fund, Federal Home Loan Bank,
Village Bank & Trust, N.A., Housing Authority of Cook County and ComEd.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!