Lakeview disabled housing apartments open

January 30, 2014 2:46:46 PM PST
The former Diplomat Hotel in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood has been transformed into affordable housing for people with disabilities.

It's now called the Fred and Pamela Buffet Place. The building on North Sheffield near Belmont contains 51 studio apartments. Developers say the focus is on the disabled and those at risk for homelessness. The facility will also provide services, such as counseling and education.

"There is job training. But what's really important is they have a safe haven. And they have a safe place to live. It's going to be affordable, safe, secure and new," said Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th Ward.

Residents will pay 30 percent of their incomes. The Diplomat was a single room occupancy hotel that was closed by the city.

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