New Gay Friendly Affordable Senior Housing Development Opened in Chicago

Apple Maps - Senior Housing ChicagoCenter on Halsted and Heartland Housing officially opened Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest’s first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development, during a ribbon-cutting on Friday.

“When Tom [Tunney] came to see me and I first got elected, I said ‘what’s our No. 1 goal?’ He said this building,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who spoke at a press conference attended by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, Heartland Housing Executive Director Michael Goldberg, Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Tico Valle, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Michael Merchant, and Town Hall Apartments resident Eva Skye.

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.

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