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

Spruce Village

Proposed - Palatine, IL


Property Description 

This development will be a 45 unit apartment building featuring a variety of unit sizes as well as community amenities, both indoor and outdoor. The development will include a community room, laundry facilities, and offices. The whole building will be monitored by a camera surveillance system and all apartments will have intercom access to the front doors for guests.

 This location, just south of the corner of Rand and Hicks, is a good site for suburban supportive housing. It has easy access to nearby amenities such as two grocery stores, restaurants, a Walgreen’s, and many stores along Rand and Dundee. It is just a block away from a large Cook County forest preserve. Many residents will see this development as an opportunity to move back home and be close to family networks.

 Building Description

Spruce Village will incorporate a mix of studio and one- bedroom apartments, providing a range of housing options for individuals. All units will have full kitchens and bathrooms and will be fully furnished. On-site staff will include one live-in residential manager, a property manager, building engineer/janitor and social service case managers who will work with residents on individually tailored service plans. Due to residents’ work or schooling schedules, case managers are onsite or in the community with flexible hours. Local vendors will be contracted for services such as landscaping, snow and trash removal.

Tenants will pay no more than 30% of their income – whether from Social Security Disability Income, Supplemental Security Income or employment – towards rent, ensuring the apartments are affordable. The balance of the rent will be paid by the Cook County Housing Authority.

Residents considered for Spruce Village will include adults living with a mental illness and/or another disability but who are capable of independent living and who have an annual income of less than approximately $25,000. All residents will have full rights of tenancy.

Spruce Village: Preliminary architect’s drawing of the south side


There is an acute shortage of appropriate housing for people with disabilities in the metropolitan Chicago area. More specifically, there are no comparable housing opportunities in the Palatine area for people with disabilities who want to live in a community- based setting. An independent third party market analysis conducted by the Goodman Williams Group estimates over 12,000 adults (ages 20 to 64) within the primary market area are living with a disability.

The 48 units of supportive housing to be provided by Spruce Village represent only .27% of the estimated number of adults within the primary market area who are living with a disability. Palatine has been identified as an “Opportunity Area” for development due to the lack of affordable options available for moderate to lower income people.


Residents will have the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives through affordable permanent housing, access to supportive services, and a professional staff that will be on site during days and evenings and on call 24/7. Typical services include case management, supported employment, assistance with healthcare management, community living skills and substance abuse treatment. Services will be overseen by the Kenneth Young Center and will make use of local resources, including those from Alexian Brothers.

Tenant Selection

The demand for these apartments will far exceed the availability. Applicants will be screened by both social service staff as well as property management. Screenings include criminal background checks and assessments for service needs to ensure residents will thrive in independent housing. The property will work in partnership with Palatine’s Crime Free program.

Can This Really Happen?


Yes!  Spruce Village has been approved by the Village of Palatine and construction funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.  Construction is expected to begin in July of 2019 and the building should be ready for occupancy by the summer of 2020.