“Responding to the Need for Affordable Supportive Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness in N/NW Suburban Cook County”

Heart's Place

In September 2017 the Illinois Housing Development approved funding for Heart's Place, a 16 unit permanent supportive housing apartment building for people living with a mental illness or other disability in Arlington Heights.  Construction should begin sometime in the summer of 2018 with occupancy in early 2019.  Here are some details
 about the project. 

Heart's Place will be a new construction apartment building at 120 & 122 E. Boeger Drive in Arlington Heights, IL.  This is the same site as the previously IHDA--‐approved Boeger Place 2010 LIHTC Award, which was denied by the Village Board due to requested variances.  Now redesigned as a small, family permanent supportive housing development, it has been approved by the Village Board.  Heart’s Place will be a 16-unit apartment building targeted towards people living with a mental illness or other disability and needing access to services.  The first floor will be a mixture of ancillary residential spaces, including offices, laundry and a community room.  The unit mix will include 2-bedroom apartments of various sizes and targeted to different referral lists, all qualified as supportive households.


The project site has been vacant for more than a decade and is located in a well-established mixed- use area conveniently located near many public and private amenities.  The surrounding area incorporates multi-family apartments, many stores, including a grocery store and a pharmacy,  as well as  banks, recreational areas, healthcare facilities and public schools along Dundee Road, a major roadway in the area.  A suburban PACE bus route runs on Dundee, with a stop only a block from the site.  The Dundee Rd. commercial area offers many opportunities for employment in multiple sectors likely to have wages consistent with affordable housing such as retail, service, manufacturing and hospitality


Heart’s Place residents will have access to a full spectrum of supportive series, including case management, life and parenting skills and supported employment, that are individually tailored to their needs and designed to encourage independent living.  Services will be offered through a network of community-based service providers all coordinated by HODC, the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation.   HODC has many years of experience partnering with north and northwest suburban supportive service agencies, including Northwest Compass, the Center of Concern, Journeys, the Kenneth Young Center, Amita and others.  HODC has a reciprocal relationship with many of these agencies for tenant referrals and the provision of on-site services for residents at its residential developments, which ensures that residents have access to the programs and services they need to remain independent.


Proposed market rents are expected to be in the range of $1,300 per month for each apartment.  Rental subsidies would ensure that tenants do not pay more than 30% of their income toward rent and utilities.  This would ensure that tenants would pay no more than $390 per month in rent and utilities, subject to the final funding mix. 


This project has been approved by the Arlington Heights Village Board and has received a LIHTC funding award from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.  Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2018.



Architect’s rendering


The Task Force was formed more than a dozen years ago to address the serious lack of housing for individuals with mental illnesses in the north and northwest suburbs.  We are made up of representatives from four north and northwest suburban chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as well as mental health professionals, community leaders and other individuals concerned with the often impossible problems people with disabilities face in trying to find appropriate places to live and access the supportive services necessary to continue or even begin a journey toward recovery.