Hope Manor Joliet is one of the first large scale, supportive housing developments in the country specifically designed for Veterans with families. The campus-style community provides a flexible continuum of housing and supportive services to individual Veterans and Veterans with families through a unique combination of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments spread across multiple 3-story buildings organized around a central park, providing housing and supportive services to 67 Veteran-headed households.
The buildings were designed to be appropriately scaled to their locations in the development and compliment the residential setting surrounding the development. The exteriors of the buildings consist of a combination of brick masonry, cast stone and fiber cement siding. Over 50% of the exterior walls are clad in brick and cast stone. The forms of the buildings incorporate the traditional materials, scale and styles of residential buildings in the Joliet community. The large central courtyard includes a patio area, playground, landscaped recreation space, and park benches.
The main building includes 31, one-bedroom apartments for single veterans. The ground floor has offices for the Volunteers of America staff, and common rooms for use by residents from the entire campus including a living room with fireplace, resource room with computers, community room with kitchen, recreation room, kids resource room, and wellness center. The remaining three buildings each have 12 units with 2 and 3-bedroom apartments for veteran-headed families. The ground level of each building includes a common resident laundry room.
The site and buildings were designed to utilize numerous design techniques to reduce energy consumption, reduce environmental pollution and increase indoor air quality. The project was designed to achieve certification through the Enterprise Green Communities program which includes Energy Star certification of each residential apartment.
The project was funded primarily through federal low income housing tax credits program administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority.