Leavitt Apartments, the First of Their Kind in Illinois, Officially Opens in Flossmoor

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State investment provides permanent homes and supportive services for six individuals with disabilities

FLOSSMOOR –(ENEWSPF)—January 12, 2018

By: Rosemary Piser

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and New Star joined state and local officials to announce the grand opening of the Leavitt Apartments in Flossmoor.  The new six-unit apartment building is the first single-site supportive housing development for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities financed by IHDA. All six apartments are specifically designed to allow residents – who would otherwise live with family or in group homes – to live independently with the help of services provided on-site by New Star.

IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik said, “This is an amazing opportunity for the Village of Flossmoor. These are critically needed apartments that will go a long way to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. With affordable rents, access to neighborhood amenities and connections to supportive services, they will ensure that every resident can reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face.”

Leavitt Apartments is located within walking distance of downtown Flossmoor – including the Metra station, library, post office and more.  Individualized supportive services such as education, life management skills, vocational services and enrichment programs will be provided by New Star.

Dan Strick, President/CEO of New Star said, “It is a milestone for any individual to live on their own and achieve independence. This is an incredible opportunity for our consumers to take on that responsibility with supportive care. It highlights our mission and firm commitment to provide choices and opportunities for persons with disabilities.”

Leavitt Apartments were developed by New Star and Brush Hill Development and financed entirely with $2.3 million from the State’s Build Illinois Bond Program, which provides affordable housing grants, loans and investments with an emphasis on serving low-income persons with disabilities. In addition, rental assistance for all six apartments will be provided through the Housing Authority of Cook County.

For more information on leasing and waitlist status, contact New Star at 708-755-8030.

About the Illinois Housing Development Authority
IHDA (www.ihda.org) is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing across Illinois. Since its creation in 1967, IHDA has allocated $18 billion and financed approximately 255,000 affordable housing units for residents of Illinois

Source: www.illinois.gov

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