Intergenerational living is an innovative concept based upon the idea that the blending of families with school age children, young adults and seniors in social living activities builds a community that enhances our understanding of one another.
While other intergenerational housing programs have students living with seniors, our program also includes young adults working as Resident Assistants, students from local Universities, and families with children. It's a truly unique option and one we have been providing since 1982. Our intergenerational homes provide a congenial environment for those who wish to connect and share with other generations on a daily basis. Learn more about our properties: Nathalie Salmon House, Pat Crowley House, Blackhawk Manor.
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, art galleries, broadway shows, ice cream, and even the movies! 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. Resident Assistants, who are fairly compensated and receive room and board as a part of their salaries (including a private room, meals, utilities, WiFi, and some household supplies), play an important role in lives of our residents.
To subsidize our housing programs, H.O.M.E. depends on private donations, grants from foundations and gifts from corporations.
"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]."
H.O.M.E. has achieved the requisite amount of LGBT aging training to be listed as a SAGECare 2018 Platinum credentialed provider.