Ald. Moreno proposes Chicago's second LGBT-friendly affordable housing complex

Sat. May 21, 2016 8:12 AM by News Staff

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Chicago, IL - Chicago Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) Thursday announced a plan for an LGBT-friendly, mixed-use development with 100 percent affordable housing units that would be built in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.

The proposed John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza would contain 88 affordable housing units made possible through the use of funds from the existing Milwaukee-Fullerton tax-increment finance (TIF) district.

"I am pleased to announce this TIF-funded affordable housing project in Logan Square, which has been in the planning process for more than two years," Moreno said in statement. "As you know, my commitment has always been to use TIF funds for two reasons: schools and affordable housing. I think this housing development is a great opportunity to bring even more affordability to Logan Square."

If approved, the development would become the second LGBT-friendly affordable housing complex in Chicago.

Pennycuff and Castillo were life partners and LGBT and affordable housing activists in Logan Square, where they were born. They served on The City of Chicago Council Advisory Council on LGBT Issues and were married in 2004, after becoming the first couple to register for the Cook County Domestic Partnership Registry in 2003. Pennycuff passed away in January 2012.