New houses meet disability need

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You've got to savor the win-wins. Forest Park is celebrating the construction, and soon the occupancy, of three handsome new homes constructed specifically for people with some sort of disability.

IFF, a mission-driven developer, has just constructed these homes in Forest Park, Bellwood, Maywood and Berwyn. There are three in Forest Park — one on Circle Avenue, two on Ferdinand. In the planning process, IFF worked positively with Forest Park village government. An IFF leader singled out Village Administrator Tim Gillian and Director of Public Health and Safety Steve Glinke as strong partners. Glinke told the Review that there were mutual benefits as three vacant and or foreclosed properties were purchased by IFF, demolished and rebuilt to serve precise housing needs.

IFF also worked with the Progress Center for Independent Living, a stellar Forest Park-based nonprofit. Now the Progress Center is working to place local people into this new housing.  

This is what happens when good people, smart people, pull together to make our community stronger and more welcoming.

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