This is ABAM's first facility on the South Side of Chicago and will provide supportive permanent housing for men and women with disabilities. The South Side facility has 23 studio apartments, common meeting spaces, offices for counseling and support staff, and laundry facilities.
Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry is converting a convent on the south side of Chicago into permanent housing units. Funding for the project, which has a budget of around $4.5 million, has been rerouted to a tax credit provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the "Stimulus Bill." The project will create a number of local jobs. Also, we have received two additional grants for Green Building Initiatives that we plan to incorporate, including low emission paint and tiles, and high efficiency lighting, furnace, and elevator. We are having a Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 4, 2011.
At the end of its total gut rehab, the location will have 23 studio apartments plus common meeting spaces, offices for counseling and support staff, and laundry facilities. All in all, we are very excited to begin working in Chicago's South Side community and to expand our permanent supportive housing services.
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