Ann Rainey Affordable Apartment Complex Welcomes First Residents

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Residents of the new affordable housing complex for the elderly on Howard Street, named after the former 8th Ward Ald. Ann Rainey will have easy access to shops, restaurants and public transportation on Howard.

The first residents moved into the Ann Rainey Apartments, a designated community complex for seniors living at 60% or less of the area’s median income.

The apartments are being built next to the CJE SeniorLife adult day service center on Howard Street in the 8th Ward of Evanston. The center offers daytime enrichment programs for seniors and co-sponsored the construction of the apartments, with Evergreen Real Estate Group.

Ann Rainey Apartments serves as a natural extension of the community we have spent the past 50 years building,” Dan Fagin, President and CEO of CJE SeniorLife, wrote in a press release.

The complex is named after the former 8th Ward Ald. Ann Rainey, who represented the parish for over 30 years. During her time on council, Rainey focused on improving the business districts along Howard Street and maintained close and productive relationships with the aldermen governing the other side of Howard Street in 49th and 50th Chicago wards.

Rainey lost re-election in 2021 after a controversial campaign that included racist comments directed at then challenger Ald. Devon Reid (8th), who was city clerk at the time.

The entrance and courtyard of the Ann Rainey Apartments host public art, with murals by local artists Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz and Sonja Henderson. Building administrators hope the apartments will be LEED-certified as a green building in the future, according to the statement.

The apartments, intended for residents aged 62 or older, opened applications for its 60 units in January. Residents pre-booked the 54 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments; the building currently maintains a waiting list for potential tenants.

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