Lead Developer: BEDS Plus Care, Inc. (BEDS) has nearly 25 years of experience providing supportive services and scattered site housing to chronically homeless and homeless disabled individuals in West Suburban Cook County. The agency was formed in 1987 to address the growing incidence of homelessness. By 1989, BEDS was operating a rotating overnight shelter seven nights a week at seven sites. By 1999, BEDS started formalized case management services for homeless individuals to increase self-sufficiency and find a long term solution to homelessness. The addition of a daytime support center, operating twice a week, provided the structure to address the multiple and complex needs of homeless individuals.
Co-Developer: The Burton Foundation creates and preserves high-quality affordable housing for families, seniors, and residents with special needs of low and moderate income levels. The Burton Foundation assists families in finding safe, secure, and affordable housing through participation in partnerships and management activities. It is also a philanthropic organization who builds permanent charitable capital through donations, grants, aid, and low-income interest loans to the poor for housing and health needs. The Burton Foundation (TBF), an Illinois based 501c3, currently has ownership in 12 low income housing tax credit developments around the Midwest. Among these 12 projects, four are family projects, including Hershey Manor in Rockford, IL (37 units), Sterling Family Townhomes in Sterling, IL (22 units), Kemper Manor in Rockford, IL (40 units) and Roosevelt Apartments in Decatur, IL (75 units). Their Executive Director, Tracey Manning, has extensive experience relating to the development and operations of a family project.
The project is a three-story permanent affordable housing building that includes a support center operated by BEDS Plus Care, Inc. (BEDS), a nonprofit organization. The building includes twenty studio-units that serve chronically homeless individuals. The first floor of the building houses the BEDS daytime support center and administrative offices, which were previously provided at a local church. With a permanent location, the services offered will now remain consistent, including case management, service connections and access to partner agency representatives and programs. Both the second and third floor include ten units of supportive housing. Each of the 350 square foot studio units have a full bathroom, a living area, kitchen, dining area and closet.
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