Skokie, IL July 26, 2023-Impact Behavioral Health Partners celebrated the completion of a 16-unit apartment building in downtown Skokie with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new building will provide permanent supportive housing to 16 participants.
“We chose Skokie as we knew it was a diverse and welcoming community,” explains Impact’s Executive Director Patti Capouch. “Our participants are often active members of the communities they live in and we know Skokie will be the perfect place for them to call home.”
Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita, Illinois State Senator Laura Fine, and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen all spoke about the importance of this building to the community and the significance of the work that Impact Behavioral Health Partners does for participants. They were joined by representatives from IHDA, Equinix, Skokie Village, Synergy Construction, WJW Architects, Chrissy Swanson Consulting.
The 16-unit building is named the Lanam Rapp Building for the Lanam Rapp family and board member Renee Lanam’s dedication to the project and its completion.
Currently, Impact serves over 700 individuals per year throughout the Chicagoland area, with a steady increase in the number of participants served every year by its Housing, Clinical and Employment Programs. All of Impact’s participants are low-income and living with a diagnosed mental illness. Recently, Impact also began housing families at risk of homelessness where a head of household is living with mental illness.
Established as Housing Options for the Mentally Ill Evanston in 1988, Impact’s founding was a response to a need for supportive housing for adults living with mental illness as a safe and dignified alternative to homelessness or institutionalization. For 35 years, Impact has been providing mental health services and affordable supportive housing, growing from a single apartment building to possessing seven buildings and utilizing an additional 26 scattered site apartments in privately owned buildings. Impact serves participants through its wrap-around, long-term Housing, Clinical, and Employment Programs.