CHICAGO – Forty units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless young parents will be built in Chicago as a result of the financial investment of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney today joined Mayor Richard M. Daley and other local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Transformation Project apartments at 5353 W. Chicago Ave. in the Austin neighborhood.
On behalf of the administration of Governor Pat Quinn, IHDA financed $6.2 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grants to build the development. Statewide, IHDA has invested $53.1 million in NSP funds for the acquisition, rehabilitation, demolition and redevelopment of vacant, foreclosed or abandoned properties to help low-, moderate-, and middle-income households and communities. A list of developments is available at ihda.org.
“The Transformation Project demonstrates how federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds available through the State of Illinois are filling the critical need for affordable housing, and creating construction jobs statewide,” said Kenney. “These federal dollars are working to help stabilize communities distressed by foreclosures and abandonment.”
The apartments will be developed by New Moms, Inc., a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago, to replace housing destroyed by a fire in 2008. While New Moms continued to provide housing after the fire, the organization will nearly double its capacity with the new development. Built on a vacant site that formerly housed a Chicago police station, the apartments will include a day care center and supportive services for the parents. An additional $114,274 grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will help the developers include energy-efficient features. Other funding sources include a $3.6 million zero-interest loan through the City of Chicago.
“The federal resources available through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will allow us to build a new development to serve the needs of adolescent parents who otherwise would have nowhere else to go,” said New Moms President Audalee McLoughlin. “Such supportive housing is key to making sure they have access to secure and affordable housing and services as they continue on the path to self-sufficiency.”
Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 2012. For more information, contact New Moms at (773) 252-3253.