Hines Town Hall Meetings Schedule

In an effort to continue to improve communication. Hines have scheduled a series of Employee and Veteran Town Halls and visits to  CBOCs.  Events for the 2nd and 3rd quarters are listed below.

Employee Town Halls
1/20 Employee TH 8-9am; Easy Street {Completed)
2/23 Employee TH4-5pm {200-1492)
3/14 Employee TH 1130-1230pm; Auditorium
4/11 Employee TH 8-9am; Easy Street
5/2 Employee TH; 1130-1230pm; Auditorium
6/21 Employee TH 4-5pm {Bldg. 200-1492)

CBOC Visits
1/4 Oak Lawn CBOC 8-9am
2/6 Joliet CBOC 3-4pm
2/7 Aurora CBOC 3-4pm
2/16 Hoffman CBOC 8-9am
3/2 LaSalle CBOC 130-230pm
3/22 Kankakee CBOC 2-3pm
4/5 Oak Lawn CBOC 8-9am
4/17 Joliet CBOC 3-4pm /
5/4 Hoffman CBOC 8-9am
5/16 Aurora CBOC 3-4pm
6/14 Kankakee CBOC 2-3pm
6/15 LaSalle CBOC 130-230pm

Veterans Town Halls
2/9 Hines Vet. TH 4-5pm; Auditorium
3/7 Aurora Vet Town. Hall 6-7pm
4/4 Hoffman Vet TH 6-7pm
5/10 Oak Lawn Vet. TH 6-7pm
6/8 Hines Vet. TH 4-5pm; Auditorium

Housing community for homeless veterans opens doors

HINES, Ill. (August 20, 2015) — Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, local dignitaries, Veterans from all branches of the military, dedicated investors, the media, and members of many areas of the development team gathered today to mark the opening of Freedom’s Path at Hines, an affordable housing facility for homeless and disabled Veterans. As the first of seven similar projects by developer Communities for Veterans to open its doors, the magnitude of what was accomplished was apparent in the smiles, handshakes, and moving words of several speakers. But there is an even bigger cause for celebration; 72 highly deserving Veterans will now have a place to call home.
“This day is a celebration of all the hard work it took over 3.5 years to bring Freedom’s Path at Hines to fruition. But most importantly, this day is a celebration that 72 Veterans who raised their right hand and took an oath to defend our country and have now fallen on hard times, now have a secure place to call home with all of the supportive services they need to carry on meaningful and productive lives,” said Adam Gratzer of Communities for Veterans (CFV).
Plans for Freedom’s Path at Hines were officially set into motion in 2012 after Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits were obtained from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). Additional funding was later secured through the Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit (IAHTC) also administered by IHDA, Department of Veteran Affairs, Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Chicago’s Affordable Housing Program (AHP), Cook County HOME program, bridge funding through J.P. Morgan Chase, equity through RBC Capital Markets, as well as developer contributions.

The Enhanced-Use Lease site consists of approximately 4.6 acres located along the southern boundary of the Hines Veterans Administration Medical Campus at 5000 South 5th Avenue in building 240. Like the other CFV communities around the country, this strategic location on previously unused space directly on the Hines VA medical campus improves access to desperately needed and well-earned supportive services provided through the VA, as well as third party non-profit and governmental entities.
“Purpose is something that is important to every Veteran, and Freedom’s Path at Hines will help residents find their purpose again. They will be able to accomplish this through direction from case managers, service providers, and peer support that’s now within easy reach,” Gratzer said.
Designed to achieve a LEED for Homes Silver certification, Freedom’s Path at Hines consists of an elevator-equipped three-story building of approximately 63,000 square feet housing 72 private units with private baths. Each of the 36 studio (429-square-feet) and 36 one-bedroom (620- to 700-square-feet) units features Energy Star-rated appliances, dishwasher, garbage disposal, carpeting, window blinds, and central air conditioning.

Community amenities include onsite management, a fitness center, a social/clubroom, technology center, laundry facility, and elevator as well as communal areas and break-out rooms for therapy and special needs services. Outside the project will feature ample parking, a covered entry driveway, seating area with fireplace, and a basketball court.
With a priority to serve some of the most vulnerable, at-risk, low income and/or disabled Veterans who are able to live independently, rental subsidies will be offered through Project Based HUD, VA Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers administered by the Housing Authority of Cook County. This ensures residents pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities.
Freedom’s Path at Hines was developed by Sarasota, Fla.-based Communities for Veterans (CFV), a collaborative partnership of industry-leading providers of housing development, including Beneficial Communities and Solutions for Veterans. Led by two Veterans, Craig Taylor, Air Force (Vietnam Era) and Gratzer, Army (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003), CFV collectively offers decades of comprehensive expertise in multifamily and needs-based real estate. This includes piecing together various funding sources and programs, including the VA’s Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) Initiative, federal and state tax credits, Federal Home Loan Bank(FHLB) of Chicago’s Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Grant, HOME program, and conventional lending all in an effort to accomplish big goals through public-private partnerships with the VA and various other local, state, and federal government agencies.

“Collaborations like this keep our country strong, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it,” said Gratzer. “Seeing firsthand the public and private sector come together to pick up the flag and fight for Veteran freedom is a real honor, but the true reward will be seeing and hearing the success stories of the Veterans benefiting from living in Freedom’s Path at Hines.”
For more information on the grand opening or for community information, contact Gratzer at 941-929-1270 ext.125 or agratzer@cfveterans.com. For more information about Communities for Veterans, visit www.cfveterans.com.

Illinois Warrior Summit 2012

The US Department of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Edward Hines VA Hospital, James Lovell Federal Health Care Center and Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) will be hosting the Illinois Warrior Summit and 5th Annual Welcome Home Celebration for 4,000 military, veterans and families on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 from 10a-3p at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum – (725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago).

The Illinois Warrior Summit and 5th Annual Welcome Home Celebration connects military, veterans and families to services and programs with benefits, education, employment, housing, legal, disability, mental health, family and children services.

Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) Mission: To connect military, veterans and families with services and programs to benefits, employment, education, housing, legal, disabilities, mental health, family and children services.

About ISAVE: Many Active, Reserve and National Guard components return from service and have difficulty finding the proper direction and guidance for available programs and services. ISAVE is working to help unite the Illinois community to create an open referral network system, a standardized packet of information and a web based platform for everyone to use.

Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) is a registered 501 (c) 3 Not-for-Profit Organization and currently works with the Illinois community to host veteran one stop shop resource fairs called, the Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration.

These one of a kind events promotes positive community relations and present military, veterans and families with many opportunities for future goals. The Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration also advocates networking between different organizations which improves business to business relations; enhancing the quality of veteran support services, and in turn, helping thousands of military, veterans and families.

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Edward Hines VA Hospital, James Lovell Federal Health Care Center and Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) will have:

*FREE BENEFIT and RESOURCE FAIR at UIC FORUM for 4,000 Military, Veterans and Families

*FREE FOOD and REFRESHMENTS for 4000 Attendees

*FREE SPORTS TICKETS 5000 for Military Personnel or Veterans- Sox, Fire, Sky, Cubs


*FREE T-SHIRTS for first 1000 Veterans (1 per veteran)

*FREE RAFFLES and GIVEAWAYS for Military and Veterans ALL day

*FREE KID’S ENTERTAINMENT with JUMBO Moon Bounce, Reptile Show and Children’s Activities

*SPECIAL APPEARANCE of Chicago CUBS Trolley for Kids

*SPECIAL APPEARANCE by Jesse White Tumbling Team

* SPECIAL APPEARANCE by Miss Chicago 2012 and Miss Windy City 2012


*SPECIAL APPEARANCE by The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department

*SPECIAL APPEARANCE of the World Performance Team

*OPENING CEREMONY with Color Guard Presentation from 2-24 Marines

*NATIONAL ANTHEM Performance by Miss Chicago 2012

*MILITARY TAPS Performance by Bugles Across America

*VA Providing ON SITE Physicals and Registration for Health Care

*IDES Providing ON SITE Registration for Unemployment Benefits

*NATIONAL ABLE NETWORK Providing ON SITE Registration for Employment Opportunities

*80 NON-PROFIT Veteran Support Organizations Providing FREE Services and Programs

*40 EMPLOYERS Providing Job Opportunities

*30 VA PROGRAMS & SERVICE STATIONS Providing Assistance to Veterans

*20 UNIVERSITIES and COLLEGES Providing Education Opportunities

We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!!!