Intergenerational Housing is provided in three buildings where seniors live in their own apartments or in shared space for residents who need some assistance with daily activities and that also house families and students.
Intergenerational living is an innovative concept based upon the idea that the blending of families, students, and seniors in social living activities builds a community that enhances our understanding of one another. Our intergenerational homes provide a congenial environment for those who wish to connect and share with other generations on a daily basis.
Having opportunities for peer companionship helps eliminate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Among the activities offered to residents are shopping trips, restaurant dining, art classes and periodic outings to museums and art galleries. In addition, the Housing staff assists residents with benefits and entitlements and coordinates referrals for other services.
Our houses provide a warm environment that enriches the total quality of life for our residents.
To subsidize our housing programs, H.O.M.E. depends on private donations, grants from foundations and gifts from corporations.
Shared living is a wonderful option for seniors who do not need 24-hour nursing care or for seniors who relish a more communal living environment. Each senior enjoys their own bedroom and nutritious home-cooked meals served family-style seven days a week. Resident assistants (typically college students) live on-site and assist residents with housekeeping and laundry, as well as sharing creative and social activities with them. H.O.M.E. offers shared living at Pat Crowley House and on the fifth floor at Nathalie Salmon House.
We currently have vacancies in Shared Living.
"I used to own my own house, you know. I worked two jobs as a homemaker and a cashier to pay for it. But then I had to make some repairs. So I got a loan. But I just couldn't keep up with the payments." Shortly after losing her home, Elizabeth found herself in the hospital for an extended stay. Upon her release, Elizabeth ended up in public housing in a tough Chicago neighborhood. "At the old place, I was scared to leave my apartment. I don't have to worry about that here [at Nathalie Salmon House]."