Rock Island veterans’ housing  project in the works

A housing project designed exclusively for military veterans will soon start to take shape in Rock Island.

The project, set to provide 25 modern homes across four acres of land, will provide much-needed housing solutions tailored to the unique needs of veterans. It should be completed next year, according to information from the Community Home Partners (CHP).

The Illinois Housing Development Authority recently awarded $8.7 million to CHP to support the pioneering housing initiative.

 “The city of Rock Island for a number of years has been committed to helping veterans any way we can, and when this project came forth, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to coordinate our efforts with Community Home Partners and making this a reality,” said Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms in a news release.

The housing will be located on 31st Avenue, just west of Highway 67. CHP said construction should start in late 2024 or early next year, and be complete by the fall of 2025.

 “It takes a village. This project isn’t just about building homes; it’s about forging communities and providing stability and support for those who have served our country.” John Chow, CEO of Community Home Partners, said in a news release.

“Our veterans gave so much in service to our nation, and it’s our honor to give back by providing the community support and individual space they deserve,” he added.

 CHP leaders added that the housing initiative is a testament to the power of collaboration.

 It is the result of a coordinated team effort, including CHP’s Board of Directors and Commissioners — among them CHP Board President Dave Emerick, RIHA Chairwoman Lori Pappas, RIHA Vice Chairwoman Dy Robinson, and CHP/RIHA members Shellie Guy, Kenny Williams, Robb McCoy, and Tammy Pauwels—in partnership with Mayor Thoms, City Manager Todd Thompson (and staff), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), and Third Ward Alderman Kevin Maynard, who represents the project district.

Updates on the housing project can be found here. Updates on various CHP projects can also  be found on the group’s Facebook page.

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