Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind Breaks Ground on Residential Project
Judge Megan Goldish serves on the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois. Having practiced law in the county for more than 15 years, she belongs to a number of local and national professional organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. Judge Megan Goldish also maintains an active role at community-based organizations such as The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. She serves as the co-president of the junior board of this renowned social service organization for the disabled, blind, visually impaired, and veteran communities.
The Chicago Lighthouse celebrated the groundbreaking of a new project with Brinshore Development in November 2022. Known as the Foglia Residences, this new project provides veterans, people with disabilities, and those with below-median incomes with affordable and safe housing in the city of Chicago. These populations experience higher levels of housing insecurity compared to the general public. In fact, nearly one-quarter of people experiencing homelessness have disabilities, according to the United States Interagency Council on Disabilities.
Designed with accessibility in mind, the Foglia Residences offers residents 76 studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments that are perfect for individuals and families. The project has a planned opening for spring 2024 and will feature an on-site management office, exercise room, roof deck, community room, and ground-level retail space. It is the first residential project designed for people who are visually impaired or blind that is financed by low-income housing tax credits. Alongside more standard amenities, the building also features high-contrast wallpaper, tactile flooring, Braille on signage, and reflective colors that aid in the accessibility-first mindset of its design.