The nonprofit Housing Forward, which made strides last year in its efforts to confront homelessness and housing insecurity by signing a year-long lease with the Write Inn in Oak Park, recently took yet another stride. 

Last month, the Maywood nonprofit received zoning approval from the Broadview Board of Trustees to build a mixed-use development on vacant land at 1014-1020 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Broadview. The Broadview board voted unanimously in favor of the zoning requests during a regular meeting on April 5.

The Broadview development marks the nonprofit’s first foray into developing permanent housing units. The Write Inn lease allows the nonprofit to offer 65 hotel rooms as temporary housing for clients until permanent housing becomes available. 

Linda Schueler, Housing Forward’s executive director, said the Broadview development will cost a total of $7 million, which will be paid for by a mix of state and federal funds. 

In January, the Illinois Housing Development Authority Board of Directors announced that the Maywood nonprofit was among the organizations awarded grants to increase the number of affordable housing for vulnerable residents. 

In a January statement, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said Housing Forward was looking to build a “three-story, 16-unit development” in Broadview “that will serve individuals who are at risk of homelessness, those with a long-term disabling condition, veterans and youth aging out of DCFS care.” 

On April 5, Schueler said that 12 of the 16 units will be one-bedroom apartments while four units will be two-bedroom apartments. In total, the development will house between 20 and 22 people, she said. 

The ground floor will include office space for the nonprofit, communal space for residents and on-site supportive services. 

Individuals at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income level will be eligible to apply to live in the new development, Schueler said. 

Rich Toth, Housing Forward’s zoning attorney, said proposed zoning changes included a request for a “variation for reduced parking,” among other changes. 

Upshaw said the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved the zoning requests earlier this year. 

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