Power Construction is pleased to announce that construction is complete on Chicago's first affordable housing complex for LGBTQ seniors. The six-story complex is made up of 79 studio and one-bedroom apartments designed solely for LGBTQ residents who are 55 or older. While the building retains a historical charm because it's connected to a landmarked town hall police station built in 1907, it also has a green roof, high-efficiency fixtures, and an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, among other sustainable elements.
After a decade of research and advocacy by Heartland Alliance, LGBTQ advocates joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Heartland Housing Executive Director Michael Goldberg to formally open the building this past Friday. There are more than 40,000 LGBTQ seniors in Chicago and one in five live in poverty, Emanuel said.
"This is unacceptable," he said. "Town Hall not only provides affordable housing to dozens of Lakeview seniors but it is a safe and comfortable place to live as these residents grow older."
Center on Halsted, a past client of Power Construction, plans to move its senior services program to the first floor of the complex. Modesto “Tico” Valle, CEO of the center, said the complex, which offers a total of 4,500 square feet of commercial space and 20 parking spaces, will help address the challenging issues that LGBTQ seniors face. “More frequently and proportionally this generation lives in isolation and experiences housing and healthcare discrimination [more] than their straight counterparts," Valle said. "With more than 50,000 seniors who identify as LGBTQ in the Chicagoland area, Town Hall will act as a model, both locally and nationally to address these issues.”