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Joliet approves veterans housing

JOLIET – The Joliet City Council has approved a special use permit for the 67-unit Hope Manor Joliet, a housing project for low-income and homeless veterans that would be built on the former campus of Silver Cross Hospital.

Developer VOA Illinois now will apply for equity tax credit funding through the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Once IHDA approval is secured, the project's final Planned Unit Development documents must be approved by the city council. Construction would follow in spring 2015.

'I think the veterans deserve all they can get for their service," Mayor Tom Giarrante said. "Hopefully this will work out and they will be very happy with their new digs."

The city council unanimously approved the permit on Tuesday.

The housing project will be south of Copperfield Avenue, bordered by North Hebbard, Eagle and Squirrel streets. It features four three-story buildings of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments around a 28,000-square-foot recreation area.

The first floor of the main building, dubbed Hope Manor HQ by the developers, will include offices and supportive services, such as case management, support groups, business support and training. Upper floors will be used for one-bedroom apartments for single veterans. The three remaining buildings will include multi-room apartments for veterans with families.

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