Blog 2019-03-22T21:09:28+00:00

IHDA’S Community Revitalization Programs – Video

IHDA’s stabilization and planning strategies provide guidance and funding to help local governments effectively tackle their most urgent problems and grow their communities. The City of Decatur was awarded grant funding from IHDA in 2018, which allowed them to turn vacant and blighted properties into assets, helping renew their neighborhoods for overall community revitalization and stabilization. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my videos. Any artist will tell you that when they create they are creating for a greater good. That greater good is and always will be you. Any art needs an audience. My [...]

IHDA’S Access Mortgage Program – Video

With the help of his loan officer at Oak Leaf Community Mortgage and IHDA’s Access Mortgage Program, Chris Brady found the down payment boost he needed to begin a new chapter as a first-time homebuyer. Chris received $10,000 in down payment assistance that not only made homeownership a reality, but also ensured he had the financial and educational tools he needed to be successful in his new home. For more information or to find a participating lender, please visit www.ihdamortgage.org. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my videos. Any artist will tell you that when [...]

IHDA – Illinois Hardest Hit Program – Video

After being employed by the same company for more than 20 years, Selena was suddenly laid off with a mortgage, an auto loan, medical bills and college tuition for her daughter. Uncertain of her immediate future, Selena found help through the Illinois Hardest Hit Program (HHF). The assistance enabled Selena to look for new job opportunities, without the added worry of paying her mortgage. Thousands of Illinois families have already been helped by this FREE resource. We hope that Selena’s HHF story will reach others in need and allow us to help many more people save their homes and [...]

IHDA’S Home Accessibility Program – Video

With the help of the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) Home Accessibility Program, Eve Salazar was able to install a stair lift in her Chicago home. Special thanks to UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago and Greg Grill, Sr. Director of Programs, for working with IHDA and the HAP program to ensure senior citizens and persons with disabilities are able to remain in their homes through improved accessibility and safety. Funding for HAP is available through 15 local governments and nonprofit organizations. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my videos. Any artist will tell you that [...]

Anthony Place Affordable Living For Seniors – Video

Yorkville residents, Geneva and David Fiore Sr., share their experience moving into Anthony Place Senior Apartments, a new two-story building offering 50 one- and two-bedroom units for residents 55 and older. Financed with an IHDA First Mortgage and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the development brings much-needed senior housing to Kendall County. The property includes high-quality finishes, senior targeted amenities, and is located near a variety of neighborhood services and stores. Please consider Super-Chats to keep the channel going or donate to the link here. Everyone who leaves Super-Chats and donations will be mentioned in this description box permanently for future [...]

Food Photograpy – Photo Gallery

A picture is worth a thousand... bites? The images below are a culmination of food photography that I have captured over the years.  I am often contacted and commissioned at the request of restaurants, magazine publications and culinary minds looking to feature their dishes via social media or print. I have worked with several of America’s top chefs, restaurants and magazine publications to capture images of their creations and craft video interviews, recipe demos and restaurant featurettes. If you or someone you know is looking to market their food on social media or display menu items on their website... here is how [...]

Bristol Renaissance Faire 2018 – Photo Gallery

Well, it's that time of the year again. A time for dragons, fairies, wizards, warlocks, witches and food. Yes, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is back in town and I'm packing my bags to head back home to the land where Fantasy rules. Its was a quick day for the most part but I was able to meet up with some old friends and grab a bite or two to eat on this Monsters and Magic weekend. Rest assured that this will not be the last time I will be here this season. Coming back truly tugs at my heart [...]

Melissa Williams Single Family Rehabilitation – Video

This video is very close to my heart. We met with Melissa Williams and her family a couple weeks ago. Melissa used one of my company's programs and was able to rehab some things around her house. We spent the day with them just to see what a day in the life with them would be like and wow!  I was taken back not only by the love that they have for one another but also by how genuinely grateful they are for everything and everyone they have in their life. The hospitality that they extended to myself and [...]

IHDA Culture – Video

An honor and a pleasure to be working with some of the most warm hearted individuals in Illinois to create and preserve affordable housing in Illinois. Take a peak at our newest video, a look behind the curtain diving into the Culture at the Illinois Housing Development Authority. IHDA was created by the state legislature in 1967 as a self-supporting agency to finance affordable housing across Illinois. IHDA does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it does administer publicly funded programs on behalf of the state. Since 1967, IHDA has financed 250,000 units, and has pumped $18 [...]

Hope Manor Joliet – Video

  Some have been curious as to where I have been for the past few months. My efforts have gone towards helping individuals get affordable housing in Illinois. This series of videos will provide a beacon of light and hope for those who may be struggling and have no where else to go. My first video in this new adventure highlights affordable housing for veterans in Joliet, Illinois. This is Hope Manor Joliet. Meet the residents of Hope Manor Joliet: Bobby Mister, Latondra Green, and Jeanie DeLascasas. The Illinois Housing Development Authority is proud to share these unique impact stories [...]