JOLIET – Volunteers of America Illinois plans to begin construction this winter on a veterans housing apartment complex in Joliet.
The project is fully funded, and contract closings that precede construction are expected to take place in the third week of December, said VOA Illinois President and CEO Nancy Hughes Moyer.
Moyer said VOA Illinois plans to begin construction in late December or early January. It will take about a year to complete the four buildings at Hope Manor Joliet with some units possibly opening earlier, she said.
Applications for apartments will not be taken until 60 or 90 days before opening, she said.
Hope Manor Joliet is a 67-apartment complex being built on the old Silver Cross Hospital campus in Joliet.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority gave final approval to the project in October, Moyer said.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced 17 housing vouchers for veterans to be administered by the Housing Authority of Joliet, which will provide them to residents at Hope Manor Joliet.
Moyer said project-based vouchers providing rental assistance will be available to cover all the residents at Hope Manor.
“There will be rental support connected to every unit,” she said. “Veterans will only have to pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.”
Hope Manor Joliet is the third veterans apartment complex to be built by VOA Illinois, which has Hope Manor I and II in Chicago.
The Joliet project will cost more than $15 million to build. Total costs, including engineering, architecture and other services associated with planning and construction, are $19 million.