Hope Manor Apartments
Hope Manor Apartments (http://www.cbs.com/shows/nowthatspositivenergy/video/2176807003/positivity-project-winner-hope-manor-chicago) is one of the first large-scale, supportive housing developments specifically designed for Veterans in the City of Chicago that combines Low Income Housing Tax Credits with funding from the City of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Bringing these resources together in one project allows Hope Manor Apartments to serve the unique needs of today's Veterans by providing them with a broader and more flexible continuum of resources in one location. This model represents a new and innovative approach to affordable housing by combining the focused, outcome-driven service intensity of transitional housing with the flexibility and consistency of the Housing First Model which favors permanent, supportive housing.
Hope Manor Apartments, located at 3053 W. Franklin Boulevard includes supportive housing for up to 50 homeless Veterans in need of immediate and intensive services at the point of referral; and affordable housing for up to 30 Veterans requiring less intensive but longer-term housing and support. The 48,724 square foot, 4-story building has 30 studio apartments; 10 two-bedroom suites and 10 three-bedroom suites. The facility also includes private, enclosed green space for residents and laundry facilities on every floor.
As the name implies, Hope Manor Apartments is about much more than simply providing housing for Veterans - the goal is to help Veterans change and improve their lives over the long-term by promoting self-sufficiency, building new skills, creating strong support networks and integrating Veterans more positively into community life.
The first floor provides access to a wide range of supportive services including:
· Employment readiness classes
· Job training and coaching
· Computer training
· Access to the C.E. (Bud) Humphrey Employment Training & Resource Center
· BMO Harris Bank Health & Wellness Clinic
· Peer support groups
· Recovery resources
· Individual counseling and
· Case management
Residents enjoy a large, comfortable multi-purpose room to encourage a sense of fellowship among the residents and promote a highly supportive, peer-driven culture which has proven to be extremely important and effective in programs serving Veterans.
In addition to this development, VOA of IL is also in the process of developing Hope Manor II
, which will be a campus-style housing community specifically designed to serve Veterans with families.