Chicago's first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development opens Friday

Thu. October 9, 2014 10:11 AM by News Staff

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Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing announce Oct. 10 grand opening of Town Hall Apartments.

Chicago, IL - Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted will officially open the doors to the new Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest's first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development, on Friday, Oct. 10.

Michael Goldberg, Executive Director, Heartland Housing and Modesto Tico Valle, CEO, Center on Halsted will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference at 10:30 a.m. Gov. Pat Quinn, Rep. Mike Quigley, state Reps. Greg Harris and Sara Feigenholtz, and 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney will also be in attendance. 

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

The facility, located at 3600 N. Halsted, features community space for residents, an exercise room and commercial space. Heartland Housing will manage the property and seniors living in the building will be connected to services through Center on Halsted. The complex will be LGBT-friendly, not LGBT-exclusive.

The housing has been a dream of Ald. Tunney, who was instrumental in winning approval for the $24 million project from the Chicago Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners in 2012. Construction began in June 2013.

On the Web: LGBT-friendly senior housing opening across U.S. cities (USA Today)