NHP Foundation Opens 30-Unit Affordable Housing Redevelopment Project in Chicago

by Channing Hamilton

CHICAGO — The NHP Foundation (NHPF) has opened Covent Apartments, the redevelopment of the former Covent Hotel in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The 30-unit affordable housing property is now a single-room occupancy (SRO) property. SRO housing is defined as a residential property that includes multiple single-room units, according to HUD.

The total cost of development for the project was $21.6 million, including $7.9 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and historic tax credits, $5 million of City Home and Affordable Housing Opportunity Funds, $3.1 million in Illinois Housing Development Authority Permanent Supportive Housing Funds and $4.9 million from a HUD/FHA loan. The project also received a $698,910 Affordable Housing Program General Fund grant from FHLBank Chicago. The Chicago Housing Authority contributed 30 project-based vouchers for the development.

In addition to the 30 units, Covent features onsite laundry facilities, a community room and an outdoor space. The property also includes 4,700 square feet of retail space across three retail units. Linn-Mathes was the general contractor. Weese, Langley, Weese served as architect. R4 Capital was the tax credit investor and Merchants Capital was the lender.

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