The Latest on Tierra Linda

Despite posting flyers in nearly every grocery store, partner organization’s office, and public park, LUCHA could not have expected such a strong turn out as they received when employees arrived at the Humboldt Park Residence on Thursday, September 21st. Families with small children, elderly couples, and men and women from as far away as Gary, Indiana began to line up at 6am for the Tierra Linda Pre-Application Event which registered applicants to be put on a waiting list for one of many affordable housing building developments being constructed in the area. 

Building Development Associate Lincoln Stannard remarked, “There was a large buildup to this event. People were sharing the event on Facebook, they were talking with their neighbors. We hadn’t had an event like this in years,” referring to the opening of brand new affordable housing developments.

All in all, more than 500 applications were submitted on both Thursday the 21st and Saturday the 23rd – the second of two pre-application events. Qualifying families will have the opportunity to move into one of 45 units, with the first of several buildings completing construction in early 2018.

Like any large scale, multi-site construction project, there have been various hiccups but overall the construction thus far has been steady and productive with crews having worked on at least half of the sites in some way thus far, whether through excavation or site evaluation. Developments at the 1421 N. Artesian Ave and Sawyer Ave locations are further along than most with ground floor slabs slated to be poured in the next week or two and utility connections in the process of being established.

Unique to Tierra Linda is its Passive House designation, a rigorous energy efficiency standard with a primary emphasis on reducing the ecological footprint of the building. Director of Building Development Charlene Andreas is current in Seattle, Washington at the Annual North American Passive House Conference proudly speaking about Tierra Linda as the first multi-family Passive House in the state of Illinois.

For more photos like this from LUCHA’s 1421 N. Artesian Tierra Linda site, check out our photo album from a recent site visit

Tierra Linda Pre-Application Event

LUCHA will be accepting Pre-Applications for LUCHA’s newest affordable housing development, Tierra Linda. A new construction, scattered site development within the Humboldt Park and Logan Square community areas of Chicago, Tierra Linda marries sustainable design and healthy living. A mix of newly constructed 3-flat and 6-flat buildings over 12 scattered lots, Tierra Linda will provide 45 dwelling units of one, two, and three bedroom options. The units will be accessible to households making less than 50% of the median income for the area. (Expected monthly rents range from $614 – $1,055). Construction is underway and the work is estimated to take 16 months in all, with the first units being available to lease around the start of 2018.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the pre-application process.
*In-Person Applicants Only*

Thursday, September 21st from 3-7 pm
Saturday, September 23rd from 10 am- 2 pm

Humboldt Park Residence
1152 N. Christiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651

Applicants Must:
– Be at least 18 years old
– Pass a criminal background and credit check
– Good housing history (rental/ownership) including house keeping

-Section 8 vouchers accepted
-Pets are not permitted, apartments are non-smoking

Call us at (773) 276-5338 ext. 221 for more information


LUCHA estará aceptando pre-aplicaciones para su nuevo desarollo de vivienda económica, Tierra Linda. Empleados de LUCHA y voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudar con el proceso de pre-aplicación.

*No se aceptará la pre-aplicación si el solicitante no está presente.*

Jueves, 21 de septiembre de 3 pm a 7 pm
Sábado, 23 de septiembre de 10 am a 2 pm

Humboldt Park Residence
1152 N Christiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

– Mínimo 18 años de edad
– Verificación de crédito y revisión de antecedentes penales
-Buen historial como inquilino

-Se habla español
-No se permiten mascotas
-Se aceptan vales de Sección 8

-Está estrictamente prohibido fumar en los edificios

¿Preguntas? Visite o llámenos al (773) 276-5338 ext. 221

*Tierra Linda consiste de 45 unidades (12 edificios) de vivienda sustentable y promueve una vida saludable. Estarán ubicadas cerca del Paseo 606 (606 Trail) en Humboldt Park y Logan Square.*

Tierra Linda Updates

Since acquiring sites in March of 2014 for the building of additional affordable housing units, LUCHA has waited eagerly for the closing on these sites in order to begin construction on what have become known as the Tierra Linda building development. Tierra Linda is a scattered site development with the intent of nurturing healthy living and environmental sustainability. For more on the developer and consultants, check out their website.

LUCHA closed on Tierra Linda near the end of June and the beginning stages of construction are underway. The work will take 16 months in all, with the first units being available to lease around the start of 2018. Units from 1 to 3 bedrooms will available for rent starting at $614. Note that there are income restrictions on each of the units.