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

PhilHaven

 2418 Hintz Road, Wheeling, Illinois

Opened December, 2016

PhilHaven represents a unique housing opportunity for individuals in the community living with disabilities (serious and persistent mental illness and/or physical disabilities) who are able to live independently. Residents will be able to participate in resident empowerment activities and supportive services offered through Kenneth Young Center. Services will be offered either in-home or in the community. Residents of one of the 50 fully furnished and subsidized apartments will find comfort, safety and efficiency in the newly constructed housing community.
 
Amenities include: Convenient access to public transportation, on-site laundry, computer room, fitness room, community room, outdoor play structure, and a security/surveillance system.

Services include: Mental health counseling, vocational assistance, substance use services, educational resources, and case management.

Applications to the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) for 2 and 3 bedroom apartments can be found by clicking through the above link. The wait list for one-bedroom units is no longer open. 
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In March 2015, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) gave final approval for the $17 million in funding needed to build PhilHaven. PhilHaven will have 50 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals who are living with a mental illness or other disability and who are capable of independent living. The building will include a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments. On-sit supportive services will be overseen by the Kenneth Young Center and will make use of local resources including those from the Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health.

The ground breaking ceremonies took place in June 2015.

 

After the usual paperwork delays before closing, construction began in September 2015.



And by December 2015, the foundations were in.



As of May, 2016, we can see and elevator tower and the walls are going up. The studs are heavy gauge steel and the first walls are load bearing.



They are also putting in a pavement base in preparation for the parking area.

June 12, 2016 - The first floor walls were up! And the base of the deck for the second floor was in. The stairs in the stairwells are in too. I took this picture from the top of the west stairs!

A sign is also going up on the site very shortly announcing that leasing will begin in late August with occupancy in December.

June 26, 2016 - Construction continues.

August 5, 2016 - The building is now wrapped with Tyvek.

August 5, 2016 - On the rear of the PhilHaven building, trades persons are working on the brickwork.  

September 19, 2016 - Lifting drywall to the third floor of the building. Be very, very  careful.

Inside the apartments, the flooring is being protected as the kitchen cabinets are installed.

Mid October, 2016 - Some of the landscaping is planted. This is the front  entrance to the building.

November 30, 2016- The furniture has arrived. Move-in -Baskets of  household goods were delivered to  each unit. The baskets were a project of the Task Force to see every tenant had cookware, dishes, bedding and cleaning supplies. The new tenants are scheduled to move in shortly.

More furniture.

It's beginning to look like home. Check back for more updates as the Phil Haven residents move in.