Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood recently celebrated the grand opening of Casa Maravilla, a new affordable senior housing project for low income seniors. The project features 73 affordable apartments and a new senior center located next to Casa Morelos, affordable apartments for families. Developed by The Resurrection Project, Casa Maravilla includes 28 studios, 32 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom apartments for seniors.
“Together, these two developments create a multigenerational affordable housing campus serving Pilsen families so they can continue living in the community,” said Gloria L. Materre, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IDHA) Executive Director. “IHDA is proud to have served as a public partner to build both Casa Maravilla and Casa Morelos, so low-income families and seniors can find stability in this economy.”
Low-income residents will have access to a City of Chicago senior satellite center on the first floor, featuring a meal program, fitness room, computer room, library and recreation room. The project features several environmentally conscious design features including pervious paving to decrease run-off, a partial green rooftop system reducing energy consumption and a geothermal heating system.
IHDA provided $1.3 million in a zero-interest Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund Loan and monthly rent for the apartments ranges from $350 to $750, depending on a resident’s income, the apartment size and the neighborhood’s median income.