Embrace Living Communities Launches New Property Services to Support Other Affordable Housing Providers

Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill., has expanded to further recognize their leadership and growth in property management services. Called Embrace Living Property Solutions, it is encapsulated by three core services: management, consulting and social service coordination. These services will provide clear opportunities for affordable housing owners to operate their properties at the highest standards, meeting administrative and capital management needs and advancing resources that promote resident wellness.

Embrace Living Communities has owned and managed large communities for over 125 years. The organization is faith-based and serves with a mission focus. Currently, Embrace Living manages 30 properties that serve more than 2,500 seniors and people with disabilities in Illinois, Florida and Missouri. Most properties are HUD 811, HUD 202, PRAC 202 and Section 8 funded.

“We could not be more excited to shine a brighter light on how this aspect of Embrace Living’s services helps vulnerable populations seeking affordable housing,” says Embrace Living Communities President and CEO Ralph Gaines. “Effective property management is key in making sure residents get the care and support they need to live comfortably in their homes, and we are hopeful that this venture will assist more people in getting that care and support.”

Embrace Living Property Solutions defines excellence in affordable housing by differentiating itself from other service providers. Personalized resident enrichment is a key focus and strength within service delivery. Their teams build strong relationships with residents and provide comprehensive resources to ensure residents can live well independently and embrace life with dignity. 

The team prioritizes its relationships in the greater communities they serve as well. Government, local nonprofits and business leaders are engaged often, and they help Embrace Living to better understand the culture and opportunities for impact in surrounding areas.

In 2021, Embrace Living Communities was awarded A Great Place to Work in senior affordable housing in the United States, largely influenced by high team member satisfaction. The average tenure at Embrace Living is 10 years, and its experienced leaders and community staff have shaped the new services under Property Solutions.

“Everything comes back to our mission of providing affordable, welcoming homes in communities that embrace living,” says Gaines. “That guiding principle serves as our core imperative to do all that we do to best care for our properties and the residents who call them home. We look forward to seeing how Embrace Living Property Solutions will further that mission.”

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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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