The planning process will be led by HACC in cooperation with the City of Chicago Heights. The entire process will be overseen by HUD, and coordinated by Camiros. The Choice planning team will also work with residents, non-profit organizations, and local businesses to create a Plan that reflects the visions and aspirations of the entire community.
The community are the residents of Sunrise Apartments, John Mackler Homes, and Daniel P. Bergen Homes (Sunrise), as well as the stakeholders within and beyond the neighborhood who invest their time, skills, and money toward the continued improvement of the quality of the neighborhood and the quality of life of its residents.
The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) is the second largest provider of affordable housing in Illinois serving 108 communities and unincorporated areas of suburban Cook County. Initially organized in 1946, HACC’s serves 15,000 households and owns and operates 24 properties throughout Cook County. HACC’s capacity as an affordable housing provider is evidenced by its ambitious program of redeveloping its entire portfolio. Nearly 500 apartments have been renovated to date. Renovation will begin at two additional properties shortly. HACC is a progressive and dynamic organization whose mission extends beyond the provision of housing to improve the lives of HACC residents and the quality of life in Cook County as a whole.
The City of Chicago Heights has significant experience in neighborhood planning and plan implementation with a long history of working with HUD programs such as the Community Development Block Grant Program to improve low-income neighborhoods in the City, the Emergency Solutions Grant, and the Home Investment Partnerships Program that have helped improve the quality of life for the community.
Camiros, Ltd. is a nationally recognized planning firm based in Chicago who has worked to build sustainable communities since 1976. Camiros has served as the Planning Coordinator for the successful Ellis Heights CNI Planning Grant for the Rockford, Illinois Housing Authority, awarded in 2012 and the Rosewood CNI Planning Grant for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, awarded in 2013. Camiros is also currently working with the Mobile, Alabama Housing Board and the City of Flint Michigan on their Choice Neighborhoods Plans. Camiros has effectively led comparable neighborhood transformation assignments in over 40 distressed urban neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, among others. They have also actively participated in the Preservation of Affordable Housing’s (POAH) and City of Chicago’s planning for the Grove Park/Woodlawn project, a recipient of a CNI Implementation Grant.