Wheaton College is providing free housing to local first responders during the growing surge of COVID-19 infections and medical emergencies.
On Tuesday, the College signed an agreement with the City of Wheaton to provide 58 vacated units in its Terrace Apartments to police officers, firefighters and paramedics. First responders will be able to safely isolate from their families during the pandemic.
“Since our founding, Wheaton College has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the City of Wheaton,” said Wheaton College President Philip Ryken. “We are eager to support our first responders as they work selflessly to save lives in this community.”
Wheaton Mayor Phil Suess said the agreement will give first responders peace of mind by offering a way to protect their families.
“Wheaton’s firefighters, paramedics and police officers are on the front lines of this pandemic when they respond to calls for assistance in the community,” said Suess. “Even though our first responders are taking many precautions to ensure their safety, to have a place where they can safely self-isolate from their loved ones is a relief for many. On behalf of our residents, I want to thank the College for its generous contribution to our community during this challenging time.”
The Terrace Apartments are located three blocks from Wheaton College’s main campus and are not contiguous to other residences. The distance between the apartments and the main campus will ensure protection for the college’s students and personnel.