North suburban permanent supportive housing

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Southern New Hampshire University
The need for the North Suburban Affordable Housing Program stems from the recent Williams vs. Quinn and Ligas vs. Hamos Consent Decrees which state that individuals with developmental/physical disabilities or mental illness who have been living in nursing homes or institutionalized housing should be allowed to live in a community-based setting. As a result, an estimated 5,000 individuals inappropriately placed in institutional housing in the State of Illinois will require affordable permanent supportive housing, be at risk for homelessness and lack needed supportive services due to the deficiency of affordable permanent supportive units available, creating a financial and social burden for local communities. Housing Opportunity Development Corporation will acquire foreclosed properties for development in the Village of Skokie, IL sign Memorandum’s of Understanding for supportive service delivery with three local social service agencies and ensure property management’s prompt response to maintenance requests. Major outcomes are: acquisition and rehab of 24 housing units, referral of tenants to local social service agencies for supportive services and provision of comprehensive property management for all 24 units. To date, 6 units have been acquired and a contract has been signed to purchase 4 additional units. The remaining outcomes have yet to be realized.(Author abstract)