A Safe Place is the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County, Illinois. Through multi-faceted programs, A Safe Place assists victims in transforming their lives after domestic violence, prevent future abuse by addressing its root cause through abuser intervention programs, and educates the community about domestic violence and how we can all be involved in its end.
Project Funding Sources
Lightengale Group helped A Safe Place weather the Great Recession and bring the deal to closing. Lightengale Group helped broker the partnership with Brinshore Development and was instrumental in restructuring the deal with ARRA funding. Specific LGG tasks included:
A Safe Place II is A Safe Place’s permanent supportive housing project creating 20 new construction rental units for survivors of domestic violence and their children with on-site social services.
The project was developed as an addition on to the existing 20-unit transitional facility developed by A Safe Place in 2006. The transitional living facility contains twenty apartments, with administrative offices on the first floor for agency staff, as well as rooms for counseling, group activities, and several rooms dedicated to children’s programs. A Safe Place II shares access to these facilities and created additional first-floor common spaces and outdoor recreation space. The development includes one, two and three-bedroom units. Each unit is fully furnished and has its own kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher and in-unit washer and dryer.
A Safe Place’s targeted tenant population includes singles and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with a preference given to survivors of domestic violence. Two units are targeted to families at 30% AMI, two units are at 50% and the rest of the units are for families at 60% of AMI and below. Project Based Housing Choice Vouchers are supplied for all units by the Lake County Housing Authority.