By responding to the concerns about the project Sarah’s Circle is undertaking at 4836 N. Sheridan Rd, I have the opportunity to present the facts about this project such that I can alleviate many of the concerns raised.
Sarah’s Circle has been serving women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Uptown neighborhood for 32 years. While we provide comprehensive services, when women live on the streets or in shelters, our services can do only so much to eliminate homelessness. The answer to ending homelessness is permanent housing.
Our plans for the building located at 4836 N. Sheridan include 10 apartments of permanent housing with supportive services. Each apartment will have a kitchen and bathroom, plus there will be laundry facilities on each floor. This housing is permanent housing for women with a history of homelessness and a disability. This is not a SRO building in a traditional sense or a halfway house of any type. Each woman will hold a lease and have the responsibilities of tenants. Our goal is to keep the women housed permanently via supportive services provided on site.
Sarah’s Circle has been awarded two HUD grants which are the anchors to this development. These grants were awarded in a highly competitive process. Sarah’s Circle was chosen due to our excellent reputation for providing quality housing and services, our longevity in the field of serving women, and our capacity to leverage the project with other resources.
The funds used for this project will be federal dollars as well as private donations from individuals and foundations. No TIF monies will be used for this project.
Finally, with the services of Perkins + Will, we will design a facility that we believe will be a beautiful enhancement to the Sheridan streetscape. Perkins + Will is an internationally-renowned architecture firm that is providing 100% of the architectural services on a pro bono basis.
Concerns for the vitality and safety of our neighborhoods are obviously very legitimate concerns shared by all. We believe our goal of providing excellent, permanent housing for women who have historically been homeless is in alignment with a thriving, safe neighborhood. We look forward to being good neighbors.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any additional concerns you may have. My number is 773-728-1014.
Friday, December 10, 2010
A Response From Sarah's Circle
item about Sarah's Circle's proposed SRO on Sheridan. The Executive Director responded in the comments yesterday: