The Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless opened an eight unit supportive housing development in Herrin, IL on June 26, 2014 called the Phoenix Apartments. This is the first rural supportive housing developments in Illinois to target people leaving correctional institutions. The development will also target Veterans. Located five hours South of Chicago, the City of Herrin has a population of about 13,000.
This $1.8 million dollar project was financed primarily by the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The development also received support from the Federal Home Loan Bank, obtained through the Bank of Marion, and from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Sharron Hess, Executive Director of the Southern IL Coalition for the Homeless and pictured to the left at the grand opening, said that their has been great demand for these units. Onsite services will include case management, counseling, and job training.
CSH provided a $50,000 non-interest bearing Pre-development Initiation Loan, a grant to support this effort, and technical assistance for the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless as they worked to build community support, access financing, and develop the Phoenix Apartments.
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