LGBT affordable senior home set to open in Boystown this summer

Mon. April 21, 2014 11:34 AM by News Staff

modesto valle in the senior center space.

photo credit // hal baim/windy city times

Application process opens for independent living community for LGBT seniors.

Chicago, IL - One of America's first affordable LGBT senior homes is set to open in Boystown by end of August or early September 2014.

Heartland Housing, a nonprofit specializing in affordable housing, and Center on Halsted have collaborated to bring the six-story affordable LGBT housing center to Boystown. The building, which is the former historic 23rd District Town Hall Police Station, will contain 79 LGBT-affirming studio and one-bedroom units.

"A lot of the units were designed and informed by the seniors at Center on Halsted," Modesto Valle, Center on Halsted CEO, told Windy City Times.

The facility, which includes a new addition in an adjacent parking lot, will feature community space for residents, an exercise room and commercial space. Seniors living in the building will be connected to services through Center on Halsted.

The housing has been a dream of 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney, who was instrumental in winning approval for the $21 million project from the Chicago Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners in 2012. Construction began in June 2013.

The Chicago Housing Authority is currently reviewing existing applications for potential residents, and after that is done the Center on Halsted will interview their clients' applications.

Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim recently took a tour of the facility with Valle. Photos and videos from that tour are available at

For more information or how to apply for an apartment, contact Megan Jackson or Jonathan Tague, Senior Services Case Managers at or or by calling 773-472-6469.