Home First duplexes increase supportive housing, revive East Bluff neighborhood April 1, 2016

IFF celebrated the grand opening on March 15 of a $4 million affordable housing project for persons with disabilities in Peoria, IL. This project is part of IFF’s Home First initiative, whose mission is to give individuals with disabilities community-based housing options.

The project, called Access Peoria, was done in partnership with the city of Peoria, East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, and Greater Peoria LISC. It consists of 8 duplexes, which provide 16 one- and two-bedroom rental units. All duplexes are wheelchair accessible with green design features and are available to persons with disabilities.

“Home First is some of the most critical work we do,” IFF CEO Joe Neri said. “We’re helping individuals with disabilities leave behind institutional facilities and find a home of their own in the community. At the same time, this project is an important part of local efforts to invest in and revitalize the East Bluff neighborhood in the city of Peoria.”

East Bluff has been a focus area for residents, local organizations, and city officials. Greater LISC Peoria has been leading a larger neighborhood revitalization effort since receiving a grant from the Illinois Attorney General in 2008.

Through Home First, IFF acquires, develops and owns homes that remain permanently affordable to low-income people with disabilities, with a focus on expanding the availability of accessible housing. To date, IFF has secured over $50 million in financing to develop 266 units in Illinois for residents.