Town Hall Apartments in Chicago is one of the nation’s only affordable housing communities for LGBTQ seniors—many of whom have faced a lifetime of discrimination and are especially vulnerable as they enter their later years. NEF and LISC investment made it possible.
Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Town Hall Apartments is the adaptive re-use of an historic police station and a new six-story addition for use as affordable residences for LGBT seniors 55 plus earning between 50-80 percent of Area Median Income.
The bright modern apartments, most with city views, consist of 30 studios and 49 one-bedrooms and have floor-to-ceiling windows, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave and blinds. Common amenities include a fitness room, computer lab, family dining room for small gatherings, laundry facilities on each floor, a landscaped rooftop terrace and secure bike parking.
Residents benefit from on-site management and service providers who arrange meal service, social outings, access to medical and mental healthcare, support groups, art programs, educational workshops and fitness activities. Lake Michigan beaches and parks are nearby as are medical, retail and religious facilities.
Town Hall Apartments achieved a LEED-NC Silver rating for its eco-friendly elements, which include green roofs, geothermal heat pump system, high-value insulating walls with internal shades, low-energy fluorescent and LED lighting and solar hot water system.
Town Hall is sponsored by Heartland Housing and the Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest community center dedicated to building and strengthening the LGBT community. National Equity Fund® invested $15 million of LIHTC equity in Town Hall.