Development | Important Updates

The Housing Authority of Champaign County has recently converted it’s remaining public housing units to the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and at this point no public housing. The physical part of this conversion included a significant up grade in the units involved. Upgrades included painting, flooring and new drop ceilings in common areas. Energy use was greatly reduced through the use of  LED lighting and replacement of plumbing fixtures with water saving valves and devices. In several locations computer rooms and equipment were added as well as conference areas and new common area furnishings. Individual units received the same amenities as well as bathroom upgrades. Exterior upgrades included ramps and power actuated doors, new sidewalks and parking and energy efficient lighting. On individual units with exterior entrances doors were replaced with insulated units.

The Housing Authority has also partnered with various developers and agencies to develop new affordable family housing. These units are managed and maintained by third party entities. Due to lack of funding from HUD the only way to construct new or additional units is through using partnerships with private entities to access additional funding sources, both public and private.

The Housing Authority also owns and maintains a homeless shelter for families, the only family shelter in the county. Through partnerships with other agencies, public and private, the Housing Authority is able to provide not only shelter but counseling, rental assistance and other services to help break the circle of poverty that leads to homelessness.

The Housing Authority continues to expand it’s housing assistance through partnerships with agencies such as WIN and First Followers to provide housing for those previously incarcerated. Through yet another partnership the Housing Authority was able to address obsolescence in some of its aging scattered site units and provide this much needed housing.

The Housing Authority recently leased the first 24 units of the Haven development which is a new construction development for seniors in Champaign. When complete this facility will include exercise rooms, computer lab, community space and kitchen, garden space, dog park, picnic shelter and a pickle ball court. This development will be owned by a non profit affiliate of the Housing Authority and is the result of yet another partnership with a private entity allowing us access to both public and private funds. This project is the replacement for the aging facility, Skelton Place.

The Housing Authority also has units outside of Champaign-Urbana. In Mahomet there are 18 senior units that were new construction done entirely by the Housing Authority without the assistance of a developer. These are one bedroom units with a den, attached garage and in unit laundry equipment. This project is the first of it’s kind for the Housing Authority and we hope to build more. In Rantoul we have Youman Place senior housing. This development was constructed in the mid 60’s and has recently received extensive remodeling as part of the RAD conversion.

The Housing Authority is also expanding it’s inventory by purchasing or managing other affordable developments. One of these is Oakwood Trace in Champaign. To accomplish this goal Housing Authority is able negotiate for management fee or use private funds or mortgages to buy out investors equity after the tax credit period has expired, a good deal for both parties. The Housing Authority is currently negotiating on more of these properties to expand our affordable inventory.

Properties Under Construction

Pinewood Place is a new construction project to be located at 1606 E. Colorado in the City of Urbana. The project is being developed under an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Urbana and the Housing Authority of Champaign County. Pinewood Place will provide twenty-four, one-bedroom units in 4 separate buildings for individuals with special needs. Preference will be provided to mentally, developmentally and physically disabled individuals with no income who are pending approval of Social Security benefits. Of the 24 units, 5 units will be set aside for the Statewide Referral Network and the additional 19 units will be set aside for referrals from local township offices in ChampaignCounty. MGDC Pinewood, LLC whose sole member is Maple Grove Development Corporation, a 501c3 affiliate of the Housing Authority of Champaign County, is the owner of the project. HACC will serve as the Property Management Agent for the property.

Newton Senior Housing is a new construction to be located between Easton Streent and 1108 Van Buren in Newton, IL. Newton Senior Housing will provide twenty-nine, one-bedroom units and 6 two bedroom units with a combine total of thirty-five units. Of the 35 units, 9  will be set aside for Project Based Vouchers and 6 units will be for the Statewide Referral Network.  Units include energy efficient appliances including in-unit washer and dryer. Project amenities include a community room with kitchen,and on-site management and maintenance office. Oak Grove, LCC is a sole member is Oak Grove Development Corporation, a 501 c3 affiliate of the Housing Authority of Champaign County, is the owner of the project. HACC will serve as the Property Management Agent for the property.

The Haven at Market Place is a new project under development and broke ground in Deccember 2018.  This project will consist of 98 age-restricted units in a 3-story building serving individuals age 55 and older.  A second building will include 24 one-story apartments for individuals with special needs. The Haven is a RAD transfer of assistance property and will provide Project-Based Vouchers for all units. The project is being financed with Tax-Exempt Private Activity Bonds, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity, and private mortgage proceeds.  All units will be income-restricted by tax credit requirements.

Ladd Senior Housing is a nw construction project to be located at 357 W. Cleveland Street, Ladd, IL 61329. The project consists of 8 one-story buildings on a 7 acre site located on the downtown area of the Town of Ladd in Bureau County. Ladd Senior Housing  will provide 32 one-bedroom units and 8 two-bedroom units for a total of 40. Of the 40 units, 7  will be set aside for the Statewide Referral Netowrk and the additional 11 will be for the Project Based Vouchers holders. Units include energy efficient appliances including in-unit washer and dryer. Project amenities include a community room with kitchen, computer room, fitness room and on-site management and maintenance office. Outdoor amenities include gazebo, picnic tables and grills.Oak Grove, LLC whose sole member is Maple Grtove Development Corporation, a 501c3 affiliate of the Housing Authority of Champaign County, is the owner of the project. HACC will serve as the Property Management for the property.

Robinson Senior Housing is a new construction project to be located between Joanie Lane and Cherry Street. Robing Senior Housing will provide 46, one-bedroom units and 7 two-bedroom units with a combine total of 43 units. of the 43 units, 11 will be set aside for Project Based Vouchers and 7 units will be for the Statewide Referral Network. Units include energy efficient appliances including in-unit washer and dryer. Project amenities include a community room with kitchen,and on-site management and maintenance office. Oak Grove, LCC is a sole member is Oak Grove Development Corporation, a 501 c3 affiliate of the Housing Authority of Champaign County, is the owner of the project. HACC will serve as the Property Management Agent for the property.