Madison Apartments II officially open

Published: Feb. 21, 2022 at 5:03 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - Phoenix Community Development Services and multiple partners, including the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, have officially opened Madison Apartments II.

Called “Madison North” this 24-unit apartment building right in the heart of Downtown Peoria will provide permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, including veterans, households headed by persons living with a disability, youth ages 18-24 transitioning from the child welfare system, and those who require supportive services to maintain stable housing.

Each unit is a one-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and bathroom. Phoenix Community also is able to provide basic necessities like cookware. dishes and towels. There is a laundry facility on-site and multiple recreation rooms. There will also be office space on the ground floor and also on the ground floor is a computer room for residents of Madison North.

Behind Madison North is the Dream Mural, funded by AARP Community Challenge, a program to make communities more livable for people of all ages. The Mural is a large and brightly colored piece that will overlook an “urban oasis” that is currently in development.

Phoenix CDS is dedicated to making sure the building has a low barrier of entry with minimum requirements to qualify to live there. Once you are the leaseholder, there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.

“Basically, they have to be living either in an emergency shelter or in a place unfit for human habitation such as under a bridge or in a vehicle…the encampments that we see, places like that. -- Beyond that, there are no other criteria.” Said Christine Kahl, CEO of Phoenix CDS.

They are not done with this site either, along with the landscaping that will be done, they plan on breaking ground on another apartment building this year.

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