February 27, 2006

Couple give $1 million to Housing Options

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Couple give $1 million to Housing Options


Philanthropists Dayle Duchossois and Ed Fortino searched long and hard for a cause to support with a $1 million donation, just as they'd investigated many housing arrangements for their son who has schizophrenia.

During their 20-year search for suitable housing, the Chicago couple became so impressed with Housing Options for the Mentally Ill that the Evanston organization was selected to receive their $1 million gift, even though their son is not directly served by the agency.

The couple's donation enabled Housing Options in January to purchase an apartment building at 818 Crain St. that will allow 18 adults coping with mental illness to live independently with support in nine two-bedroom apartments. Housing Options clients typically suffer from depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.


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