Creating a Full Ladder of Housing Opportunities

Together, Rock Island Housing Authority (RIHA) and Community Housing Services (CHS) are creating a full ladder of housing opportunities by providing more housing choices and more housing options designed to serve a broad based market. Choices range from subsidized Public Housing and Housing Choice Section 8 Voucher options to affordable multi-unit and single family in-fill, mixed-income and market-rate for-sale, rental and lease/purchase options that are indistinguishable from other housing options in the area.

Each housing option is supported by self-sufficiency programming designed to strengthen individuals and families by providing them with the tools they require to become contributing members of the community. A full spectrum of housing options supported by programming designed to lift families from poverty add investment to our communities. It allows us to restore hope and equal opportunities for all Rock Island residents and supports the rich diversity of the area by creating safe, viable and vibrant neighborhoods; neighborhoods of choice that ultimately improve our sense of place and our sense of pride.

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Spencer Towers

Spencer Towers

Spencer Towers is a nine-floor low-income high-rise that was built in 1972. The building is comprised of 199 1-bedroom units and includes four laundry rooms, an exercise room, three lounges, a community room with a full kitchen, a computer lab, a computerized learning center, a private office area for a variety of supportive service agencies, property management offices and a maintenance service area.

Spencer Towers is located across the street from the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, Illinois and is the only high-rise apartment building in the City that is across the street from the Mississippi River. Spencer Towers is a signature building with phenomenal potential. It boasts spectacular views of the river, is two blocks from the City’s arts and entertainment hub, multiple restaurants and galleries and is surrounded by well-kept grounds with multiple mature trees.

2016 Capital Investments

Spencer Towers parking lot, patio and parts of the sidewalks surrounding the building were replaced. The small parking lot at the rear of the building near the community room entrance was resurfaced and the entire lot was restriped. As part of the project, the dumpsters were moved away from the building and new enclosures were built and new handicapped accessible sidewalks were added to the front and side entrances of the building.

2014 Capital Investments:

  • New windows in all common areas
  • Additional camera surveillance
  • Cabinets in 24 apartments
  • New truck with snow plow

2010 – 2013 Investments:

  • Fire rated doors in all common areas on all floors
  • New furniture & paintings in 1st floor lobby
  • New cabinets in community room & Robert Young Room
  • Cabinets in 60 apartments
  • New carpet in Administrative Office area
  • Energy efficient lighting in all units
  • Eight additional computers in the computer lab for a total of 12

504 Renovations:

In accordance with Section 504 of the HUD Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Spencer Towers underwent interior renovations in all common areas plus ten apartments to more effectively meet the needs of the diverse population it serves.

Amenities and Features:

  • Secured (keycard) facility
  • Camera surveillance
  • Computer Lab with Internet access
  • Community room with TV
  • Coin operated laundry room
  • Resident parking lot
  • Backyard with seating and picnic area
  • On bus route
  • Walking distance from restaurants, super market, gas stations and drug store

Address: 111 20th Street. Rock Island, Illinois 61201

For Leasing Information & Applications
Phone: 309.788.0825 ext 200
RIHA Administrative Offices: 227-21st Street Rock Island, IL 61201
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday

Sunset Heights

Sunset Heights

Sunset Heights is an eleven-story high-rise public housing development that has been identified by RIHA for conversion to Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In conjunction with the conversion, the project will be substantially rehabilitated.

In addition to renovating all 141 units at Sunset Heights, there will be multiple renovations to other areas of the building. The first is a trash chute to be located on the exterior of the building. The new trash rooms on each floor will be constructed at the south end of the corridor in the north south wing of the "L" shaped building. The ground floor will be the main trash room where storage bins will be placed adjacent to the current dumpsters. The current covered front entrance will be demolished and replaced with a new three-story covered entry area constructed to clearly identify the main entrance and help with the aesthetics of the structure. The ground floor will be completely renovated. The offices will be relocated to ease congestion at the elevator lobby. The mailroom will be expanded and relocated to meet USPS standards. Laundry rooms will be constructed on each floor except the ground floor and the second floor. The laundry rooms will accommodate the correct amount of washer hook-ups to meet the current plumbing code. The apartments themselves will be renovated with new flooring, Energy Star ceiling fans in each bedroom and living room. All kitchens will be renovated to provide more cabinet space and a better functioning layout. Project amenities will include a community room with full kitchen, computer room, and library.

Sunset Heights was built in 1968. It is one of two high-rise apartment buildings in the RIHA portfolio. Sunset Heights has 141 apartments consisting of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. It is located at 3130 9th Street, just a few short blocks from both Cascade Garden and Lynden Lane.

Investing in the Future:

Since 2003, RIHA has invested over $2.2 million in modifications to Sunset Heights some of which include:

  • Kitchen cabinets and counter tops in all units and community kitchen
  • Plumbing and heating throughout the building
  • New boiler
  • New trash compactor
  • Fire alarm upgrades
  • New apartment entrance doors
  • New windows
  • New paint and handrails in all common hallways
  • Remodeled front lobby and restrooms
  • New lighting in hallways
  • New floor covering in hallways
  • New furniture in lobby and common area

540 Renovations:

In accordance with Section 504 of the HUD Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sunset Heights underwent interior renovations in all common areas plus ten apartments in 2010. Renovations included all common areas plus seven apartments to accommodate physically handicapped individuals and three apartments for sensory impaired individuals.

Amenities and Features

  • Secured (keycard) facility
  • Camera surveillance
  • Computer Lab with Internet access
  • Community room with TV
  • Coin operated laundry room
  • Resident parking lot
  • Backyard with seating and picnic area
  • On bus route
  • Walking distance from restaurants, gas stations and drug store

Address: 3130 9th Street. Rock Island, Illinois 61201

For Leasing Information & Applications
Phone: 309.788.0825 ext 200
RIHA Administrative Offices: 227-21st Street Rock Island, IL 61201
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday

Lincoln Homes

Lincoln Homes

Located on 9th Street and 5th Avenue in the heart of the New Old Chicago area, Lincoln Homes is considered an anchor to the neighborhood. The public housing development is a 37-unit family site comprised of two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouse units in six buildings. Lincoln Homes was constructed in 1954 on 2.29 acres of land and is adjacent to the Martin Luther King Community Center which centralizes health, education, training, advocacy, employment and youth services for the entire area.

Address: 9th Street and 5th Avenue. Rock Island, Illinois 61201

For Leasing Information & Applications
Phone: 309.788.0825 ext 200
RIHA Administrative Offices: 227-21st Street Rock Island, IL 61201
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday

3rd and 11th Townhomes

The 3rd & 11th Townhomes are located in the New Old Chicago neighborhood. The seven new infill townhomes consist of four 3-bedroom units and three 2-bedroom units. Apartments have an open floor plan, carpeted bedrooms, and wood laminate floors in main living area. Each unit includes a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, and separate heating and air conditioning systems. Townhomes are near parks, bus routes and Martin Luther King Community Center.

Address: 3rd Avenue and 11th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201

For Leasing Information & Applications
Phone: 309.788.0825 ext 200
RIHA Administrative Offices: 227-21st Street Rock Island, IL 61201
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday

For additional information, please call 309.788.0825 or e-mail Housing@riha4rent.org.