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Hope Manor Joliet begins leasing for veterans apartments

JOLIET – Leasing has begun at Hope Manor Joliet, an apartment complex being built by a nonprofit group to provide affordable housing to veterans who otherwise could be homeless.

The first 12-unit building will open later this month, said Brandon Crow, chief program officer for Volunteers of America of Illinois.

“We are interviewing people and will be moving people in before the month is over,” Crow said. “We are going to fill all 12 units by Feb. 28.”

The building is the first of four to open at Hope Manor Joliet, located on the former Joliet campus of Silver Cross Hospital. Hope Manor is one of several developments on the old hospital property, including a Veterans Affairs medical clinic less than two blocks away from the apartments.

Volunteers of America of Illinois expects to open all four buildings before the end of June. They will include 67 apartments and offices for veterans services.

Only the first building and its 12 apartments are being leased now.

Volunteers of America of Illinois has received a temporary occupancy permit for the building, which Crow said is needed before leasing can start.

Crow said 18 applicants have inquired about the available units.

“We’ve interviewed more than enough people, but they are not all eligible,” he said. “We have some that are over income. Some are not eligible for two- or three-bedrooms.”

All 12 apartments in the first building have two or three bedrooms.

All one-bedroom apartments will be in the main building, which will be the last to open, Crow said.

Monthly rents will range from $938 for a one-bedroom to $1,370 for a three-bedroom. Tenants pay up to 30 percent of total household income for rent, and the remaining amount is covered by federal subsidies.

Those interested can call 312-564-2345 or email hopemanorjoliet@voail.org.

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BY THE NUMBERS

RENT (Tenants pay maximum of 30 percent of their household income.)

• Two-bedroom: $1,069 (Tenant pays electric and heating gas.)

• Three-bedroom: $1,370 (Tenant pays electric and heating gas.)

HOUSEHOLD INCOME LIMITS FOR TENANTS

• Two-person: $36,960

• Three-person: $41,580

• Four-person: $46,140

• Five-person: $48,860

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