From the Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's press release:
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Tracey Scott, , Alderman Michelle A Harris (8th Ward), Senator Elgie Sims (17th District), and other local and regional leaders today joined MR Properties, LLC for the grand opening of the Montclare Senior Residents of Calumet Heights. The 134-unit, seven-story new construction will provide mixed-income housing and first-class amenities for independent seniors 62 years of age and older on the City’s far South Side.
"All Chicagoans, no matter their age, income, identity, or ability deserve to have the opportunity to live happy, fulfilled lives in the communities they call home," said Mayor Lightfoot. "The Montclare Senior Residences of Calumet Heights will bring this vision into reality by providing quality, first-class and affordable housing for our seniors during a time when they need it the most. I am immensely proud to partner with MR Development, the Chicago Housing Authority, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development on this project, which gives our seniors the chance to live independently and age comfortably with their peers."
The new Montclare Senior Residences of Calumet Heights consist of 101 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom units - all units are adaptable to different mobility needs, 14 are accessible and three units are designed for the sensory-impaired. Building amenities include a community room with warming kitchen, fitness center, media room, library, computer lab, beauty salon, centralized mailroom and laundry. Exterior amenities offer landscaped recreation areas, walking paths, a gazebo and a large patio for residents.
“Today is a great day for the 8th Ward,” said 8th Ward Alderwomen Michelle A. Harris. “This facility will be instrumental in providing housing for independent seniors in a place that offers first-class amenities to keep them healthy and safe and engaged with others.”
The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Property Rental Assistance (PRA) program, which works to increase high-quality, affordable housing opportunities in healthy and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago, has provided subsidies for 34 of the one-bedroom units to support tenants from CHA waitlists.
“The investment in housing means that Chicago seniors are able to remain in the community of their choice,” said Tracey Scott, CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority. “For CHA, we are fulfilling our mission of keeping housing affordable. Ultimately, we are here to invest not just in bricks and mortar, but to invest in people. That is our mission.”