Housing Group Faces Fight from Glendale Homeowners
Edman, Catherine, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Catherine Edman Daily Herald Staff Writer
DuPage Habitat for Humanity's plan to build more than a dozen homes in Glendale Heights continues to be its biggest hurdle.
Trustees and some residents say they have serious concerns with grouping 13 houses for low-income families within a few blocks.
"You cannot cluster low-income housing," resident Judy DeBatty told trustees.
Habitat is asking the village to allow construction of three houses along Fullerton Avenue just east of Glen Ellyn Road. Four houses were built by the not-for-profit organization in the past year; two are around the corner, two are a few blocks away.
Reception to the request was mixed. More than 100 residents attended a meeting this week with village and Habitat officials.
Neighbors of the proposed houses opposed more construction. Most supporters volunteer with Habitat or own Habitat homes.
Patricia Miller told the group she, her husband and three children are next in line for a Habitat house. They live in a two-bedroom apartment in Glendale Heights. One of her children has disabilities, and she had to quit her job to care for her family.
"These people are finding a way out of my situation," Miller said.
Habitat volunteers, including future homeowners, use donated materials to build houses sold with no-interest mortgages.
Trustee Kevin Williams, who lives near the proposed houses, said he supports the group but questions its plan. …