About Us

Living Independently, Feeling Empowered

VISION

Why We Build

We envision an America, and more specifically an Illinois, where all persons with disabilities who desire to live independently, combined with the skills to do so, can find an accessible, affordable apartment.

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VALUES

Who We Are

  • People matter and quality of life for our residents is the top priority

  • Our mission matters - Integrity and measurable impact are everything

  • We like what we do for a living

  • We seek diversity in our residents, staff, board, and stakeholders

Katie Miglore, Vice President OTR.

Near Term Goals

  • Fund, construct, and open two new apartment communities in Waukegan and Chicago 

  • Redesign and rehabilitate our Evanston location

  • Rehabilitate our Lincoln Park Chicago location

  • Continue to search for suitable sites for development applications in 2023-24

  • Raise adequate funds for Resident Services through special events and other giving

  • Raise funds to purchase assistive technology devices to improve quality of life for residents

  • Continue to grow the LIFE Fund through private donations and smart investment policies

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Long Term Goals

  • Grow OTR at a logical, sustained pace

  • Practice smart real estate development / New projects must pay for themselves including pre-development costs

  • Maintain a self-sustaining housing program through developer fees, management fees, and rents

  • Fund social services through private fundraising and special events, with non-dependence on state funding

  • Take a long term view with development of the OTR team

REVENUE

Rent Income

45%

Grants & Donations

20%

Management Fees

19%

Special Events

14%

Resident Services

2%

Why We Build

  • In 2016, there were 168,721 people with disabilities in Illinois living solely or primarily on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of $773 per month

  • On average, a person with a disability receiving SSI would have to pay 122% of their monthly income to rent a one-bedroom apartment

  • In both 2015 and 2017, Illinois ranked 47th among the nation for how well the state supports those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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How We Build

  • Identify a community

  • Work with real estate

  • Collaborate with neighbors and local stakeholders

  • Finalize plans

  • Apply for funding

  • Market with local service providers

  • Support residents

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EXPENSES

Housing/Programs

80%

Fundraising

8%

Special Events

14%

Administration

2%

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