Our History: Villa Guadalupe Senior Housing

March 14, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
Learn about Villa Guadalupe Senior Housing

About 25 years ago, the Claretians at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish were growing increasingly concerned about the conditions in the South Chicago neighborhood, where they’d been serving since the 1920s. No quality affordable senior housing was available in the neighborhood, despite the fact that around 20% of local seniors were living in poverty. The Claretians committed to building a facility to meet the needs of these vulnerable members of the community.

Villa Guadalupe in South ChicagoVilla Guadalupe in South Chicago

The result was Villa Guadalupe—a five-story residence with 53 units located directly across the street from the parish—that still provides safe, affordable housing to seniors in need. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was present at the groundbreaking ceremony in 1990, and Villa Guadalupe was dedicated in 1991. The program has been serving the neighborhood ever since. Villa Guadalupe addresses the unique housing needs of seniors in South Chicago and helps its residents avoid other challenges, such as food insecurity. Residents also have access to a variety of necessary services and programs, many related to attaining and maintaining good health.

Villa Guadalupe's groundbreaking ceremonyVilla Guadalupe's groundbreaking ceremony

You can help provide a safe, affordable environment for low-income seniors by making a donation to Villa Guadalupe. As always, 95% of your donation will go directly to the program, ensuring that all seniors in South Chicago have a decent place to call home.

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