A grand opening was held on August 25, 2017 for Hope Manor Joliet. This is a 67 unit, campus-style, permanent supportive housing development for American Veterans and their families. The Veterans residing at Hope Manor Joliet were either previously homeless or at risk of homelessness. Volunteers of America is the developer and provider of the critical on-site supportive services necessary to helping the residents reach stability.
This affordable housing development was financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits administered through the Illinois Housing Development Authority, along with a variety of other financing sources. The development is located on an old parking lot that was part of the site of the former Silver Cross Hospital. The urban fabric is restored with the four buildings facing the streets on one side and revolving around a central green space and playground in the interior of the development.
In attendance at the grand opening were US Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, US Representative Bill Foster, State Senator Pat McGuire, Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, and a very special guest, Fred Criminger. Mr. Criminger is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and father of the Project Architect, Keith Criminger.
WJW is proud to have been a team member on this project.