Housing Help for Illinois’ Military Personnel, Families

May 30, 2010
Hines Fisher House

The Hines Fisher House

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Governor Pat Quinn on Friday officially opened Illinois’ first Fisher House, which provides free housing to families of hospitalized servicemembers.

The Hines Fisher House is located on the campus of the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines about 12 miles west of downtown Chicago. Family members of wounded military personnel being treated at the hospital will be able to stay for free on hospital grounds at the Fisher House to be close to their loved ones.

Hines Fisher House

One of the cozy bedrooms.

“When our wounded servicemembers need medical care, they must have the support and comfort of family nearby,” said Governor Quinn. “Since 1990, Fisher House has provided a ‘home away from home’ for family members to support their loved ones, and we are honored to open Illinois’ first Fisher House here at Hines VA Hospital.”

The $6.2 million, two-story Hines VA Fisher House has 20 bedroom suites, a large kitchen with three refrigerators and multiple cooking areas, a dining room, a living room and laundry facilities.

Hines Fisher Homes

The library.

The Fisher House Foundation has donated and manages about 45 Fisher Houses worldwide. Last year, the program saved approximately 9,500 families more than $12 million in transportation and boarding costs.

The Hines Fisher House has been open for a month and has already helped 75 families. The Foundation depends on donations to provide cooking supplies, bus passes, phone cards and personal items to family members during their stay.

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Also in time for Memorial Day, the Governor signed a bill that will help protect active military personnel from home foreclosures.

House Bill 3762 allows servicemembers to apply for and receive a delay in foreclosure proceedings for 90 days while they are on active duty. The law will take effect on January 1, 2011.

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