Hanover Landing Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony in Elgin
New Permanent & Supportive Housing Development
ELGIN, Illinois – On September 1st at 10:00am, UPholdings and Housing Opportunity Development Corporation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Hanover Landing, a permanent supportive housing development in Elgin. Held on the future property site at 711 E Chicago Avenue, the event was attended by several community leaders and finance partners who helped make the project possible. Event speakers included David Kaptain, Mayor of the City of Elgin; State Senator Cristina Castro; State Representative Anna Moeller; Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison; Susan Campbell, Director of Planning and Development at Cook County Bureau of Economic Development; IHDA Legislative Liaison, Adam Moore; Ecker Center for Behavioral Health Executive Director, Daphne Sandouka; and Hanover Township Supervisor, Brian McGuire.
Hanover Landing will be a 40-unit, amenity-rich Permanent Supportive Housing development that will serve vulnerable populations and individuals with disabilities—all of whom will live independently and retain all rights of tenancy. Onsite services offered to tenants will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual, and Hanover Township, as the Service Coordinator, will work with Ecker Center and other local agencies and organizations to deliver a robust set of services including case management, life skills
training, and employment assistance. In addition to being the service provider, Ecker Center will also operate an on-site, front-facing clinic at the development.
The development is the result of years of advocacy and planning on behalf of vulnerable populations in the community. Beginning in 2015, the Hanover Township Board of Trustees established a Mental Health Housing Task Force to research and analyze housing opportunities within the Township. The Task Force recognized a high need for service-enriched housing for its residents with disabilities. In response, the Task Force formed a partnership with UPholdings and the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation to create Hanover Landing. Occupancy is scheduled for Summer 2023.
"This project took a little longer," said State Senator Cristina Castro referring to the years of work to get the development off the ground. "This is a great facility that's going to help so many people across the area," she said.
Each Hanover Landing unit features one bedroom and a private bathroom, and property amenities include a computer room, exercise room, and a large community space where residents will have access to regular programming and supportive services geared to enhancing health, economic security, educational achievement, and personal wellbeing.
“This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when government works with developers and community partners to solve a problem,” said Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor. “Mental health assistance and services for the most vulnerable of our community remain a top priority for the Township and we thank UPholdings and the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation for working with us to see this through.”
UPholdings and Housing Development Opportunity Corporation will serve as co-developers and property owners, Hanover Township is the service coordinator, and Ecker Center for Behavioral Health is the service provider on the project. Hooker DeJong is the project architect, McShane Construction Company is the general contractor, and Manhard Consulting, Ltd. will serve as project civil engineers. Community finance partners include Illinois Housing Development Authority, County of Cook (HOME program), County of Kane (HOME program), CREA, LLC, Fifth Third Bank, and Enterprise Community Partners. Project-based subsidies were also provided by Hanover Township Mental Health Board and the Illinois Statewide Referral Network.
Referencing the importance of this development, Mayor David Kaptain stated, "We're going to grow things. We're going to grow hope for people. We're going to grow an opportunity for people that have mental illness to have a new life."
For more information on the Hanover Landing housing development and other projects owned and operated by UPholdings and Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, please visit www.upholdings.net and https://hodc.org.
Originally founded in 2003, UPholdings is a comprehensive real estate firm that creates, operates, and sustains the highest quality of affordable housing throughout the country. Based in Lincolnwood, Illinois with offices in Fresno, Calif. and Gary, Indiana, UPholdings is a partner for communities through its nonprofit and social service collaborations, its tenant engagement services, and its long-term asset management services. The company is deeply committed to working with the most vulnerable community members on a continuous and long-term basis and creating sustainable housing that exceeds industry standards for both quality and efficiency. UPholdings believes that everyone has a right to high quality and accessible housing, and that housing is the foundation to
wellness and opportunity for both individuals and families. For more information and a complete list of projects, visit www.upholdings.net.
ABOUT HOUSING OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) is a community-based nonprofit developer of affordable housing founded in 1983. HODC’s mission is to develop, manage and preserve housing that is affordable to low and moderate- income households primarily in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We serve families, seniors, persons with disabilities, individuals and local workers in north suburban Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties. HODC is a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) as well as a HUD-certified housing counseling agency. HODC works to achieve our mission through four primary programs: Housing Development, Property Management, Housing Counseling and Community Education. So far HODC has developed 30 affordable
properties with over 560 units valued over $150 million with more developments in the pipeline.