DuPagePads recently received funding and generous donations from area businesses and organizations to open 12 new supportive housing apartment units to help homeless individuals find housing, safety and stability, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce said in a release.
Wheaton-based DuPagePads now manages 94 apartment units for families and individuals and has a success rate of keeping 89 percent of those living in the units for a year or longer, the release said. These units generated $2.5 million in savings for taxpayers last year in addition to the benefits for assistance recipients.
The newest apartments were furnished with assistance from local businesses, service clubs and churches, who donated kitchen sets, bathroom supplies and accessories, mattresses and various furniture and household items, the release said.
The units are open to families and individuals who have a disability, including mental illnesses and substance abuse problems. Potential residents must also have been homeless for one year or longer.
“It is wonderful to have my own place and be able to rest when I need to,” one resident said, according to the release. “Being on dialysis multiple times a week, my health is much more stable now that I’m in housing.”