Chicago's LGBTQ+ community is facing pressing needs at both ends of the lifespan: a crisis in youth homelessness, accelerated aging among people living with HIV, and an acute lack of culturally competent support for seniors.
One Roof Chicago is an initiative to build a welcoming and inclusive intergenerational community for older adults and young people most in need of affirming housing, meaningful connection, and career development. One Roof Chicago will combine:
At the core of the project is the home, a place where LGBTQ+ older adults can age in safety, comfort and with the knowledge that they are accepted and celebrated. LGBTQ+ young people likewise will have the security of their own space with resources and mentorship available to make their goals a reality. One Roof Chicago will be an inclusive environment where LGBTQ+ residents can thrive, surrounded by valued community and supported by culturally competent service providers.
One Roof Chicago is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Illinois.
We are in pre-development, with current funding from the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Crossroads Fund, the JUCA Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, and private donors.
Within 3-5 years the One Roof Chicago home will be breaking ground on a site in Bronzeville, in a process characterized at every stage by stakeholder inclusion, engagement, and investment. On a parallel track, we will launch our workforce training program to build up our community's capacity to provide culturally-responsive eldercare.
One Roof Chicago's development partner is Full Circle Communities, a non-profit affordable housing developer with a track record of building and managing properties for seniors and LGBTQ+ youth. FCC owns more than 800 units in three states, with another 250 approved or under construction. Together we are exploring project feasibility, including securing a site, a financing plan, and identifying the full development team. Our project architect is WJW Architects, P.C., specializing in affordable housing and long-term healthcare.
We collaborated with youth powerhouse Ignite on a year-long youth-driven process to design our youth programming, and with H.O.M.E. and other community-based organizations to develop our senior programming model.
We also have the support of SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative staff, who have provided extensive planning tools and introductions to financing entities.
Pro bono legal services are being provided by the University of Chicago's Housing Initiative Transactional Clinic.