Construction is under way for the Southwick Apartment project. Over The Rainbow, the project sponsor and nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible housing for adults with disabilities , is developing a 40 unit, fully accessible affordable housing development in Matteson, Illinois.
The Southwick Apartments will be 100 percent ADA compliant and house low-income adults, some of whom depend on wheelchairs for mobility or have a need for mobility features. CSH provided a $475,000 predevelopment loan to Over The Rainbow.
Thirty-five of the units will have Project Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) and from the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI). Three of the vouchers administered thru HACC will be set-aside for the Olmstead Population and overlap as Illinois State Referral Network units.
The project consists of 4 studios, 32 one-bedroom apartments and 4 two-bedrooms apartments. Each unit will be equipped with a personal kitchen and bathroom. Volunteer programs and community partnerships will provide services such as basic social and employment services, recreational opportunities, and a computer training center to help develop job skills for all residents.
This is Over The Rainbow's first time developing and managing an integrated project and CSH's financial support will allow this strong organization to successfully provide housing that accommodates their future residents.