HOW backers celebrate new development

HOW CEO Britt Shawver with Mayor Hagerty and other Evanston Leaders

Over 140 supporters of Housing Opportunities for Women turned out at the Halim Time & Glass Museum Saturday to celebrate HOW’s first Evanston affordable housing development, at the corner of Pitner Avenue and Dempster Street.

Slated to open this summer, the building will house individuals and families in 16 one- and two-bedroom units. Residents will also have access to HOW’s network of support and services.

Mayor Steve Hagerty welcomed guests and reiterating the city’s commitment to the creation of more affordable housing. Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, shared his support and offered a warm welcome to his future constituents.  

The Illinois Housing and Development Authority and the Woman’s Club of Evanston received awards in acknowledgement of their support for the organization and its mission of empowering women, children, and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

This mission was brought to life by the event’s final speaker, current HOW client Maxica who shared the emotional journey of losing her home and job while battling cancer before she was finally able to secure an apartment and support services for herself and her children through HOW. Three years later, the family is thriving and Maxica, who is now cancer-free, will graduate from college later this year.  

As a nonprofit leader in permanent solutions to homelessness since 1983, HOW provides prevention strategies; expands, affordable, supportive housing, and delivers individualized support services to help individuals take back their lives.

The "Welcome Home to Evanston" event raised over $150,000 to support the nonprofit’s efforts to create opportunities and rebuild lives through housing and support services.