Homeless-help group supports Comcast project

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West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is acutely aware of the great need for both affordable and supportive housing.

We can attest to the benefits of supportive housing and the dignity that it brings to those living there.

Interfaith Housing Development Corp., Oak Park Residence Corp. and Catholic Charities, the partners that propose to develop 51 units of supportive housing at the former Comcast building, are experts in their field. They have a combined 150 years of affordable housing experience and collectively have developed, rehabbed or managed more than 1,500 units of affordable housing.

The project they propose does not take its blueprint from the housing projects of Cabrini Green, as some fear. Supportive housing has proven to be a successful model of housing that helps people live more stable, productive lives.

So who are these proposed tenants? They will be people who have struggled to pay their rent on minimum wage or a fixed income; this project could help them afford their monthly housing expenses.

They will be young adults who have been forced to live in a "doubled-up" situation; this project could help them obtain housing stability and autonomy.

They will be disabled adults who could benefit from accessible housing that provides on-site supportive services; this project could help them live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives.

They will be individuals who have been on a housing waiting list for years; this project could take them off that housing list.

They will be individuals who work in Oak Park, but can't afford to live here.

They are individuals not so different from you and me, as we all desire to live safely and in a home that we can afford.

Lynda Schueler
Executive director, West Suburban PADS

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Snowbound Waiter from Oak Park  

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 6:13 PM

Hahahaha - as a many-roommates-in-my-history OPer, I swear Chicago is a much better place to be poor and ambitious. Other than the phenomenal Oak Park Library and many cool individuals... Chicago has much MORE FREE and high quality OTHER entertainment and activity and the lakefront's outdoor lifestyle can't be beat. I swear. Oak Park is nice, though. It's OK.

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 5:44 PM

Lynda Schueler Executive director, West Suburban PADS Rather than hearing the Interfaith/OPHA boilerplate information, I would prefer hearing the details of your adventure with Oak Park Housing Authority from the mid 00's with the YMCA to the day OPHA changed the needs of the homeless into a fantasy of OP Residents living in the Solan Salon! You are not a bystander in this fiasco. The secret dealings in Oak Park's housing community has been a disservice to the village

OP Mom  

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 9:32 AM

When supporters of this project talk about who is going to live there, I realy marvel at "They will be young adults who have been forced to live in a "doubled-up" situation". When I was a young adult I lived in a doubled up situation. We called it roommates. Sure, I didn't always like how my roommate cleaned the bathroom or forgot to take her past the date fruit out of the fridge, but I sure would have rather lived that way than in a situation where I would be required to have a case worker.

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