In 1982, Michel and Lilo Salmon founded Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) to provide practical housing services to low-income seniors in Chicago. Michel Salmon's legacy of improving the lives of the older adults in Chicago can be traced back to 1959 when he founded Little Brothers of the Poor in the United States (which was later renamed Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly).
Together, Michel and Lilo continued to contribute to the remarkable success of Little Brothers until recognizing the overwhelming need for affordable housing alternatives for the growing population of low-income seniors.
Motivated to provide such comprehensive and hands-on housing services and programs, the Salmons started a new organization. Working with other individuals passionate about this worthy cause, H.O.M.E. began finding affordable housing for displaced seniors, and began providing moving services and household furnishings to those who needed them.
The Salmon's vision of an affordable housing alternative eventually took the form of intergenerational living - a progressive idea based upon the concept that it is beneficial for older adults to live among people of all ages in a community setting. H.O.M.E.'s intergenerational housing model combines seniors with families and young adults in a cooperative community setting. With the founding of the Pat Crowley House in 1983, H.O.M.E. became the first organization in Chicago to provide a facility that created an intentional intergenerational environment. This strong belief that intergenerational experiences help build a family-like atmosphere where everyone involved benefits continues to be a major goal of H.O.M.E., and is now accepted as a best-practice model for other facilities serving seniors.