Danville, Illinois Enhanced-Use Lease Questions and Answers
The Offeror is responsible for conducting its own due diligence regarding the site, including whether development of the site, as contemplated by the proposal, can be accomplished in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local requirements (including zoning and other local land use restrictions); and whether the necessary permits, variances, special exceptions and other governmental actions or approvals required for the contemplated development reasonably can be obtained (at no cost or expense to VA). It is the responsibility of the developer to talk with the local authorities to obtain this information. The following is the contact person: City of Danville 217-431-2200.
Local Utility Contacts*:
Gas: Ameren Illinois, Steve Barkley 217-972-9483
Electric: Ameren Illinoi, Brad Pintar 217-383-7308
Water: Aqua Illinois, 217-442-0142
Sewer: Danville Sanitary District, 217-442-3193
Cable: Comcast, 217-431-3751
Phone: At&T, 800-321-2000
(*The list above represents the known local utility contacts in the Danville area. The list may not be complete. Each developer is required to perform their own due diligence.)
Yes (pdf format). The drawing is too large to send via email. A CD with available information will be provided upon request. Please send an email request, no later than November 2, 2011, with your name and mailing address to: VA.EUL.BURR.Danville@va.gov.
Yes (pdf format). The electronic document is too large to send via email. A CD with available information will be provided upon request. Please send an email request, no later than November 2, 2011, with your name and mailing address to: VA.EUL.BURR.Danville@va.gov.
Construction permitting and activities will go through local and state jurisdiction. Construction activities must meet LEED certification per guidelines in RFP. In addition, in Section2.3.7 of the RFP provides that “The Offeror will be required to ensure that its design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance plans and activities on the EUL Site comply in all respects with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq., and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 4151, et seq., as amended.”
Homeless data can be accessed on the VA Homeless Veteran website at http://www.va.gov/homeless/. The 2010 CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) report data can be accessed at http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/chaleng.asp.
For VAMC Danville:
No, there is no funding tied to this initiative. However, you are encouraged to apply for federal, state and local capital and operating funding. Funding sources could include Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity, Historic Preservation Tax Credit equity (for buildings or land parcels with historic considerations), HUD programs, Federal Home Loan Bank funds, and HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers.
Budgeting, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health.
Diversity in addiction/rehab support is always beneficial because not all treatment modalities work for all populations. This means having different treatment options available to our Veterans is beneficial as not all Veterans benefit from the same substance abuse treatment.
VAIHCS campus has a junior college next door and many of our Veterans are returning to school and would benefit from financial and/or continuing education.
Ongoing supportive services for Veterans with mental illness residing permanent supportive housing would be beneficial to many of our Veterans.
All facilities should be Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessible as many of our Veterans are in need of this accessibility. Any additional physical therapy or on-site exercise equipment would be beneficial. Many of the homeless Veterans are not able to afford these extras locally.
On-site or in-apartment laundry facilities are useful. Most of the Veterans using these homes will be relying on public transportation and it is challenging to take laundry to and from their units to an off-site laundry facility. Free WiFi in a common area would assist Veterans because they would be able to access VA’s MyHealtheVet for online services.
In order: #9, 12, 10, 14, 11, 13.
VAIHCS serves approximately 400 Veterans with the diagnostic code of homeless.
In the past it has been single men but we have seen an increase in the last six (6) months in the numbers of women and families.
VAIHCS is authorized 175 beds and we are currently running around 145 for Community Living Center (CLC).
VAIHCS has two (2) senior housing units buildings 11 and 13. Section 8 senior housing is provided in Buildings 11 and 13 at the Blue Star Highway complex. There are 44 units. As of 10/21/11, they were all occupied (with an anticipated opening on 11/8/11).
Two (2) green homes will be built by 12/31/11 and three (3) will be designed/constructed by FY13 for a total 50 beds. We are seeking five (5) more ten-bed units.
21. Could you expand a bit more about the discussion on a desire for having assisted living units, given the fact that there is a CLC on site, and green homes. Is the desire to gear this housing more for assisted living format?
VAIHCS does not currently have any assisted living options available to its Veterans. This is a gap, since many of our Veterans do not yet require skilled nursing care, 24//7, but rather assistance with meals, medication administration, housekeeping and socialization which are provided in assisted living settings. Admissions to the CLC and Green House homes both require skilled nursing needs.
No. Supportive services, as defined in VHA Handbook 1162.07, target “a Veteran or Veteran’s family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or will imminently lose their housing.” These services include: outreach services; case management; assisting Veterans in obtaining VA benefits; assisting Veterans in obtaining and coordinating other public benefits and other services as specified under 38 CFR 62.34.
It is up to the developer to define the housing product type based on the needs of the specified target population(s) and available funding in the market. Different funding sources have different definitions of assisted living and supportive housing. Housing projects may be classified as either assisted living and/or supportive housing based on the definition applied. It is the developer’s responsibility to describe the characteristics of the proposed project in their RFP response.
Yes. Medication management is a problem for many of our Veterans who do not require skilled nursing care, but have difficulty managing their own regimens.