CHICAGO-A five-building HIV/AIDS Care campus, which city officials say will be a national model for centers offering housing and services in a centralized location, is slated for 20 vacant lots in the North Lawndale community. The $11-million facility would be developed by AIDSCare, Inc. on 2.7 acres on the 1200 block of S. Sawyer Ave., near Roosevelt Road and Kedzie Avenue, under an ordinance being introduced to the city council.

The development will include 34 family and single independent living units along with a 30-unit single-room-occupancy residence for low-income and homeless people with HIV or AIDS. It also will include a wellness center and multi-purpose center, which also will be available for residents of the neighborhood.

Completion is expected in 2004.

“This project is a dream realized to develop a resident campus for people living with HIV/AIDS,” says AIDSCare founder and president Jim Flosi. “Upon its completion, we will be able to provide additional housing and support in communities that have been heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS.”

Besides buying the 2.7 acres from the city for $20, AIDSCare will get $1.2 million in federal Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS funds. US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Illinois FIRST money also will be used, as well as a donation from the Daniel Ruscitti Charitable Trust.

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