Welcome Home to Evanston celebrates new affordable housing complex


Source: Housing Opportunities for Women

Joe Moore, Ald. Ann Rainey (8th), Britt Shawver, Mayor Steve Hagerty, Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), Michelle Saddler and Denis Pierce (from left) at Welcome Home to Evanston. The event raised $150,000 for Housing Opportunities for Women.

Emma Edmund, Assistant City Editor

Supporters of the organization Housing Opportunities for Women attended Welcome Home to Evanston on April 27, an event celebrating the group’s first affordable housing development in the city.

The new development, located at the corner of Pitner Avenue and Dempster Street, is expected to open this summer, a Tuesday news release said. The building will have 16 one- and two-bedroom units to house both individuals and families, according to the release.

Welcome Home to Evanston took place at the Halim Time and Glass Museum, and Mayor Steve Hagerty opened the event by reiterating the city’s commitment to create more affordable housing, according to the release.

Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), whose ward will house the new HOW development, also attended the event.

HOW has been fighting homelessness since 1983, according to its website. The organization operates under a “Housing First Model,” which aims to provide homeless individuals with housing as quickly as possible, then with support services and tools to promote self-sufficiency.

On its website, HOW states that it provides several services to individuals and families in need. Primarily, case managers work with each client to develop a “Service Plan” with short-term and long-term goals. Case managers continue to assist clients by helping them receive benefits, get an education and maintain employment.

HOW also offers youth services, such as after-school academic assistance, a Saturday teen program and a summer camp.

At the Welcome Home to Evanston event, the Illinois Housing Development Authority and The Woman’s Club of Evanston received awards. According to the news release, the organizations received awards for their “unyielding commitment and support to the organization and its mission of empowering women, children, and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”

In total, the Welcome Home to Evanston event raised over $150,000, according to the news release, which will go toward HOW’s housing and support services.

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