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City Dedicates Green Apartment Building for Very-Low Income Individuals

October 09, 2010

Some of the city’s homeless individuals and CHA tenants will now have an eco-friendly place to live in Chicago.

The Englewood Apartments, 901 W. 63rd St., is a new, $17.3 million, supportive housing development that is part of the City’s Plan to End Homelessness and the CHA Plan for Transformation.

The six-story building will house 99 studio apartments, each with a kitchenette and a bathroom in approximately 354 square feet of living space. Half the units will be for those who have been homeless and the other half are CHA replacement units.

Englewood Apartments dedication

Mayor Richard M. Daley and supporters dedicate the new Englewood Apartment building for the city's homeless and CHA tenants. Photo by Brooke E. Collins, City of Chicago

The ground floor has spaces for offices and on-site case workers, and tenants will have access to services like substance-abuse treatment and employment training.

“We know that permanent, affordable housing linked with a range of support services is critical in helping those at risk of homelessness find the help they need to live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. “By combining housing and support services, we are helping some of our most vulnerable residents overcome personal challenges and build a better life.”

Mercy Housing Lakefront, which will operate the environmentally friendly building, plans on obtaining a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Eco-friendly Englewood Apartments include:

*A green roof

*High-efficiency insulation

*Energy-efficient appliances and fixtures

*A geothermal HVAC system

*Rain gardens and a native landscape

To make this building possible, the City of Chicago donated the land and contributed $2 million in TIF assistance and more than $1.2 million in low-income housing tax credits. The Illinois Housing Development Authority contributed $2 million in HOME funds and $255,000 in donations tax credit equity. There were also a number of energy grants.

This year, the city also will offer more than $2.1 million in HUD funds for rental subsidies and $150,000 in Skyway funds for supportive services.

“We are adding another high-quality, environmentally friendly building to our city,” said Daley. “The successful completion of this building is another step toward ending the isolation of homelessness and public housing. It is a part of our efforts to create sustainable communities for a brighter future and it is a beautiful place to call home.”

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