Hope Manor II
VOA of IL is happy to announce the second phase of the Hope Manor Project. In partnership with the City of Chicago and Alderman JoAnn Thompson of the 16th ward, a 101,298 square foot parcel of land has been secured for Hope Manor II.
Hope Manor II, a supportive, gender-responsive housing campus designed for Veterans and their children, will be home to more than 100 heroes. The Englewood complex will have a mix of single family town homes and condos built around a park and children’s play area.
“This is the next logical step in our mission to secure housing for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness,” said Nancy Hughes Moyer, VOA of IL’s President and CEO. “Where Hope Manor I focuses on single Veterans, Hope Manor II fills the need for Veterans with families.”
Veterans living at Hope Manor II will have onsite access to VOA of IL’s True North Project – a comprehensive program for Veterans who are struggling, in crisis or at-risk of serious instability in their lives – and True North University which offers group-based training and counseling in a variety of areas including: employment readiness, building financial stability, life management skills, nurturing parenting, understanding addictions, healthy relationships, a trauma recovery group (for Women only) and support networks that are gender-specific
- Many of the Veterans entering the homeless population today are doing so with dependent children.
- The rate of homelessness among Veterans with families has been increasing by more than 5% every year for the past four years.
- The VA estimates that 6 - 8% of all homeless Veterans are women, meaning that up to 175 female Veterans, most with children, are homeless in Chicago each night.
- Nearly 250,000 women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Female Veterans are two times more likely to become homeless than male Veterans.
- The VA estimates that 39% of the women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will have some type of mental health disorder.