South Side Office of Concern is a not-for-profit social service agency that provides services to individuals who have limited resources and support systems, treat including homeless individuals and people with severe and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, and other special needs. Their services impact individuals in Peoria and the surrounding area. The project offers a full range of behavioral health services including assessment, treatment planning, life skills development and other individualized supportive interventions
Glendale Commons was taken over by South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) when the original owners went bankrupt in 2012. SSOC saw the critical needed rescue and rehabilitation of Peoria’s only supportive housing complex that is set aside for homeless families and individuals since 2005. SSOC took over services for the 40 at-risk residents and initiated a framework to purchase and redevelop the property.
The new development augments the original complex by rehabbing the existing duplexes, and adding a new 14-unit building and a new duplex, that bring the total to 28 units of housing for homeless and limited resource individuals. The Project has been successful in placing several families with members suffering from mental/physical disabilities in purpose built housing units, while offering counseling services. SSOC rehabbed accessible housing units that facilitate a higher standard of living for residents as well as access to jobs and counseling services to ensure a better life balance in the future.
Lightengale Group worked with SSOC from its initial takeover of the property to secure financing from the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Federal Home Loan Bank in order to fund this much needed project. With help from Lightengale Group, SSOC was able preserve and provide supportive housing and services to the individuals that will truly benefit from SSOC’s care.