720 9th Street
Units: 8 Supportive Housing
Investment: $2 Million
Douglas Park Place is a $2 million new construction initiative developed by GROWTH and owned by Community Housing Solutions. The development represents an anchor investment in the Douglas Park neighborhood.
Eight town homes provide transitional housing to women coming out of an intense 28-day substance abuse treatment program. Through the program, they live at Douglas Park Place and complete the recovery process — receiving other supportive services on-site to help transition them back into society. The site features a playground, secured entrance, fountain, energy-efficient appliances, and 24-hour on-site case management support.
Douglas Park Place opened its doors in 2007. Since then, the recovery home and its treatment partners are continuing to help women beat their addiction, find work and permanent housing and for most, keep or regain custody of their children.
About half of the Douglas Park Place residents gain full-time employment while in the program and about 18 percent pursue continued education. Some of the women have gone on to land jobs at places like the Rock Island Arsenal and Deere & Co. and others have earned associate’s degrees.
Interesting Fact: Douglas Park is named after a large baseball park located at the South end of the neighborhood, which hosted the International Softball Congress World Tournament.