Madres Unidas was founded by the activism of single Humboldt Park mothers in 2006. Madres, a $7.5 million investment with 36 units, consists of ten 3 flat buildings and one 6 flat building – each unit modern and spacious and each property featuring parking.
LUCHA broke ground on this site on October 31st, 2005 with former Governor Rod Blagojevich and Congressman Luis Guitierrez, alongside local aldermen, community leaders, and residents at Simons Park. The development is scattered-site and thus has buildings throughout the Humboldt Park and West Town neighborhoods.
The project was spearheaded by a group of single mothers who organized in 1998 to call attention to the rapidly gentrifying Humboldt Park neighborhood and lack of affordable housing for long-time, low-income residents. After meetings with local officials about their concerns, the women partnered with LUCHA and collectively advocated for better housing services from government and the private sector.