Wheeling Supportive Housing Project Breaks Ground

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by

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Via Journal Online: Ground will be broken in Wheeling this week on a new apartment building designed to provide local residents with some extra support.

Community leaders, funding partners and other guests were invited to a ceremony Tuesday (June 23) for the 50-unit PhilHaven development at 2418 E. Hintz Rd. Daveri Development Group and Elk Grove Village-based Kenneth Young Center, a non-profit provider of mental health and senior support services, are working together on the project.

Named after Philip Kennedy, a member of the Catholic religious order of Alexian Brothers for more than 65 years, PhilHaven will consist of 50 furnished apartments and include a community supportive services program for residents.

Additional amenities include a community room with kitchen, laundry facilities, fitness room, computer room and outdoor recreational areas. Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health and Kenneth Young Center will provide social services and case management to PhilHaven residents.

“At Daveri Development, we believe that high quality housing is a fundamental right for all people, regardless of their income or abilities,” said Jessica Berzac, vice president of Daveri. “We are committed to creating a solution where a crisis lurks. People living with disabilities face homelessness and a chronic cycle of expensive emergency response systems. We can instead give them a place to call home and wrap them with supportive services. This project will change lives for the better.”

Out of the one-story building’s 50 units, 31 will have space for one bedroom, 13 two-bedrooms and six three-bedrooms.

“There is a critical need for supportive housing in the Northwest suburbs for people living with mental illness or other disabilities,” Susan Cowen, chief executive officer of Kenneth Young Center said. “We believe that housing, which is a basic need, has to be secured in order for individuals to fully lead healthy, independent and productive lives. We are delighted to be a part of this project and look forward to providing vital, life-changing services for residents of PhilHaven.”

Completion of the facility, located west of Schoenbeck Road near the borders of Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights, is expected in fall 2016.

PhilHaven’s path to construction has been a long one. Village board members in 2012 twice denied proposals for the facility. A discrimination lawsuit eventually led to a $230,000 settlement paid by the village. In February, trustees denied PhilHaven’s request to decrease the project’s number of parking spaces required by village code.

Daveri successfully developed the 39-unit Myers Place supportive housing apartments in Mount Prospect, a similar building in Glenview and is looking at another site in Palatine.

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