Local officials celebrate renovation of Harvey senior housing complex

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Public officials gathered to celebrate the ongoing renovation of the South Suburban Senior Housing Apartments in Harvey on Thursday, July 7. From left: Adam Moore, Legislative Liaison, IHDA; Susan M. Campbell, Director, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development; Diane M. Shelley, Regional Administrator, HUD; Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims; Mayor Christopher J. Clark, City of Harvey; George Ellis, resident, South Suburban Senior Apartments; Bill Eager, Senior Vice President, POAH Chicago; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Photo provided)
By Josh Bootsma

HARVEY, Ill. (July 11, 2022) – Public officials gathered at the South Suburban Senior Housing Apartments in Harvey on Thursday, July 7, to celebrate the renovation of the 120-unit development.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined Harvey Mayor Christopher Clark to mark the start of a series of renovations of housing facilities in Harvey. The South Suburban Senior Housing Apartments are an affordable housing option for seniors, and the complex is undergoing a $15 million renovation, said a press release about the event. The renovation is expected to be completed in the winter of 2023.

The property, located at 178 East 155th Street, was purchased by Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH), along with two other Harvey properties. The goal of the organization is to turn all three properties in affordable housing options for local residents.

South Suburban Senior Housing Apartments are located at 178 East 155th Street in Harvey. (Photo provided)

Mayor Clark said, “We are delighted to have POAH in Harvey. We share the relief of the seniors who see POAH’s investment as protection for their future. We also see POAH’s investment as an affirmation of our faith in the future — the first of a number of anticipated investments that are part of our new master plan for Harvey.”

Cook County provided financial assistance for the renovations in the form of $1.5 million.

Renovations to the South Suburban Senior Housing Apartments include upgrades to kitchens and baths, new electric heating and cooling systems, new copper plumbing fixtures, cosmetic improvements to common areas, greater handicap accessibility, and an upgraded security system.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said, “While it’s been a long-time coming, we are confident that the planning being done and investment made by Mayor Clark, with the support of Cook County, the State of Illinois, and the Southland Development Authority (SDA), we will continue to generate renewed interest and investment in the south suburbs. As the Southland continues to recover from the pandemic, its assets, including rail and road infrastructure, along with land for commercial and residential development will create the building blocks for a prosperous future. We look forward to its continued progress.”

More information about POAH is available at chicago.poah.org

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