The Housing Authority of Cook County also known as the HACC, is the second largest public housing authority in Illinois. The HACC is a municipal corporation that was established in 1946 to serve 108 communities, as well as unincorporated areas in suburban Cook County. The Housing Authority of Cook County administers several rent assistance programs to meet the housing needs of our rental participants. The HACC’s conventional public housing program consists of over 2,100 owned units of low-income housing. The Rent Assistance Division services over 13,000 families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. Other programs such as our Mobility Assistance Program, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and Home Ownership Program are designed to make a positive difference and help participants achieve independence. The HACC believes that, with the partnership of public and private resources, the goal of providing safe and desirable housing in viable communities, for all County residents can be successfully accomplished.
Edna E Carter
The Cook County Housing Authority is mourning the loss of HACC board member Edna Carter. Ms. Carter passed away suddenly in her sleep on December 26, 2015.
HACC Executive Director Richard Monocchio shared some of his thoughts regarding the late board member, “Ms. Carter believed in quality affordable housing for everyone, and in the people who live there. She gave back in some way every day. I will miss her. But her legacy will live on, and inspire us.”
HACC’S VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
Don’t Get Left Behind
Thanks to a grant from the Cook County Justice Advisory Council, the Housing Authority of Cook County is helping individuals without a high school diploma or GED obtain those credentials, through an online program called Virtual High School. The program consists of online, independent study, where students can work at their own pace.
Individuals who are ages 17 to 21 years old and who have have served time in prison may apply, as well as individuals in the listed age group who did not receive their high school diploma.
Courses are free and available at the Ford Heights Community Organization in Ford Heights and the Robbins Community Help Agency in Robbins. If you or someone you know can benefit from the HACC’s Virtual High School Program, have them call (312) 542-4776.
HACC BREAKS GROUND ON RENOVATION OF THE JANE R. PERLMAN AND VICTOR WALCHIRCK APARTMENTS IN EVANSTON
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Evanston 1st Ward Alderwoman Judy Fiske, Illinois Senator Daniel Biss, and IHDA Assistant Director Christine Moran, joined the HACC’s Executive Director Richard Monocchio in a much anticipated groundbreaking celebration for the renovation of the Jane R. Perlman and Victor Walchirck Apartments. Both properties are owned and operated by Evanston Senior Redevelopment, LLC, an affiliate corporation of the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC).
This project is the first renovation in Cook County to utilize the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which allows the HACC to utilize private debt to finance the renovation of an existing public housing project. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) provided $1,500,000 in tax credits, which will generate over $15,000,000 in equity for the project. The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is providing $3,560,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding to support this project. The City of Evanston is providing $150,000 in HOME dollars. The total development cost is approximately $25.7 million. All units will be set-aside for low-income senior households, and for persons with disabilities.
“I’ve been a long-time advocate of affordable housing, both as an Alderman and President of the Cook County Board. In these challenging times, when the demand for affordable housing far exceeds the supply, a project like this is critically important in providing a stable home for hundreds of senior citizens and people with disabilities,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “I commend the Housing Authority of Cook County and all of their partners on all of their hard work in bringing this project to fruition.”
“The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is critical to the future of public housing. It allows us to leverage additional capital, and just as important, puts these buildings on a more solid financial footing,” said Richard Monocchio, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Cook County.
Due to the continual decline in federal funding for public housing, these buildings are in need of major renovation. New enhancements include major mechanical and structural systems, such as plumbing, HVAC, and masonry. Individual apartments will also be modernized, including new floors, cabinets and appliances. Current residents will continue to live in the building while their units are renovated. The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2015.
KEEPING OUR YOUTH INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
HACC’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICHARD MONOCCHIO
ADDRESSES NATIONAL HOUSING PANEL
The Council for Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) held its annual meeting last month, in Washington D.C., and the HACC’s Executive Director spoke to attendees at the conference regarding HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.
HACC has converted its two properties in Evanston, Jane R. Perlman Apartments, and Victor Walchirck Apartments, which house seniors and people with disabilities. Through RAD, the HACC was able to leverage other State, federal, and local resources, which will lead to a multi-million dollar renovation of the properties. The work is scheduled to begin in early 2015.
Mr. Monocchio spoke on the need to extend the RAD Program. Currently Congres has capped RAD at 60,000 units. Another 120,000 units have been sent to HUD for conversion, but cannot be acted upon until Congress acts. If extended, all 2000 units of the HACC’s public housing would be converted and rehabilitated.
To learn more about the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, please visit HUD’s website here.
Top left: Victor Walchirck Apartments – 2300 Noyes Court; Evanston
Bottom Right: Jane R. Perlman Apartments – 1900 Sherman Avenue; Evanston
VISIT OUR NEW E-PROCUREMENT PORTAL
Now, contractors who desire to do business with the HACC, need only to register their company and become immediately informed of new solicitation notices for services from the HACC, via e-mail. In addition to reviewing solicitation notices online, registered companies can now view a time-clock counting down the deadline for submitting proposals or bids. Companies are also updated via e-mail if there is an addendum to the original solicitation, as well as respond to a bid or Request for Proposals (RFP), or Request for Qualifications (RFQ) via the portal.
To visit the HACC’s new e-Procurement portal, click here and follow the directions to register.
HACC TO RESTORE TWO HOUSING COMMUNITIES IN EVANSTON
The HACC has been funded to restore two of our housing communities in Evanston, Illinois. The rehabilitation will entail at least $16 million worth of improvements to the Jane R. Perlman and Victor Walchirck Senior Apartments.
The award is from a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application that the HACC submitted to Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) in August 2013. Each year, the demand for tax credit applications far exceeds the amount available for allocation; therefore, applications that are submitted must measure up to the rigorous requirements set forth by IHDA.
The awarding of the tax credits would not have been possible without the support of Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois Housing Development Authority, 9th District Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky, 9th District Senator Daniel Biss, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Mayor of Evanston, Elizabeth Tisdahl, and many other affordable housing advocates who lend their support in favor of the HACC’s mission, which is to improve the lives of our residents.
The improvements will include structural, mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic upgrades. Individual units will be redecorated with new flooring, new fixtures, and cabinetry. By being able to to restore these buildings, it will extend the life of the properties by up to forty years, not only enhancing the lives of the current residents, but allowing those those that resides at the properties thereafter to reside in an environment that meet their needs.
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MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR UNINSURED ADULTS IN COOK COUNTY
The Housing Authority of Cook County and the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems (CCHHS) have partnered to ensure that those in need of medical care are able to receive the assistance that they so desperately need. CountyCare is a new program for uninsured adults who are 19-64 years of age, living in Cook County and those that qualify for CountyCare will have access to services such as public transportation, family planning, physicians, dental visits, mental health services, inpatient AND outpatient hospital services and much more!
Please see below for a link to the CCHHS website to find out more about this exciting new program and for a quick overview of the program, see the flyers below.
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