Thirteen Unit Multi-Family Supportive Housing Development Planned for Englewood
An ordinance to issue up to $3,000,000 in Multifamily loan funds to rehab 13-unit multifamily supportive housing development for HIV-affected families was introduced to City Council today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. All the units at Englewood Family Housing will be affordable to households earning 30% area median income (AMI) or less. The development will represent the first permanent supportive housing facility for families living with HIV/AIDS on Chicago’s South Side.
The ordinance would also designate Englewood Family Homes LLC or one of its affiliates as a developer with Chicago House and Social Service Agency, the sole member of Englewood Family Homes LLC, an Illinois limited liability corporation, as owner. Chicago House will open a permanent supportive housing program for families living with HIV/AIDS onsite at Englewood Family Housing. It will be the first of its kind on Chicago’s south side, and will replicate the success of Chicago House’s Uptown- supportive housing facility, which was opened in 1995, and, at the time, was the first to serve families impacted by HIV/AIDS. The building consists of nine two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units. Each unit will have a kitchen, bathroom, and living room/dining room area.
The Englewood community continues to see high rates of HIV infection, and HIVimpacted families who reside at the building will have a chance to achieve better health outcomes and provide a better future for their children through the Englewood Family Housing Program. Chicago House and Social Service Agency will redevelop the storefront fronting 63rd Street to activate the building’s street presence and will use the 4,000 square-foot space to provide offices for approximately 20 staff, who will provide housing, employment, and health services directly to building residents as well as to community members (anticipate 15-20 clients per day). The basement will be used for community activities and the fencedin backyard will feature playground equipment for small children.
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