Southern Hills/Orlando Decatur, IL
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    HIT Investment

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    Total Development Cost

  • Units of housing, with 100% affordable units

  • Hours of Union Construction Work Generated

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    Tax revenue generated

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    Total economic benefit

“The Decatur Building Trades Council is proud to partner with HIT on the rehabilitation of the Southern Hills/Orlando project. It will preserve affordable housing in our community while delivering family supporting union jobs for our members.” —Josh Sapp, Business Manager, IBEW Local 146


The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust is helping to finance the $40.9 million rehabilitation of the Southern Hills & Orlando apartment projects in Decatur, IL.  This transaction will bring about a rehabilitation of two separate properties seeking to continue to be a haven of affordable housing for area residents while providing quality housing. The properties, located 3.5 miles apart, combine for a total of 212 units of affordable housing. Southern Hills, built in 1979, is comprised of 28 two-story buildings situated on 10 acres of land located in downtown Greendell. This property has a total of 125 units of 100% subsidized family housing. The Orlando is an 87-unit, seven-story apartment building that provides subsidized housing for senior and disabled individuals, located in the Decatur Central Business District.


The HIT is providing $21.8 million in financing through the purchase of a AAA rated tax-exempt construction to permanent bond issued by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and backed by a loan  insured under the HUD HFA Risk-Share program. Southern Hills & Orlando, the HIT’s 111th project in Illinois, is part of the HIT’s Midwest@Work Initiative.


In addition to creating the union construction jobs and economic benefits shown above, the rehabilitation of these properties will preserve affordable housing subsidized by HUD’s Section 8 Program for residents at or below 60% of the Area Median Income. In addition, the Orlando will include 49 units of housing that service the needs of disabled individuals, including fixed, adaptable, and sensory impaired accessible units.

*Job and economic impact figures are estimates calculated using IMPLAN, an input-output model, based on HIT project data. The data is current as of April 30, 2022. Economic impact data is in 2021 dollars and all other figures are nominal.

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