Mark Twain SRO Apartments Chicago, IL
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“The HIT and its investors are making pension capital part of the solution to the economic crisis through sound, job-generating investments.” —Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO


The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is helping to finance the $39.9 million new construction of the Mark Twain SRO Apartments development in Chicago, IL. The six story project will rehabilitate 148 units of housing. 100% of the units will be affordable. It is located in the near North Side neighborhood, and it was originally built as a hotel in 1932.


The HIT is purchasing $27.3 million of Ginnie Mae construction loan certificates and a permanent loan certificate from Bellwether LLC. The loan will be collateralized with a mortgage loan insured under Section 241 (a) of the National Housing Act.


This project will be a part of the surge in residential redevelopment located in the near North Side of Chicago between the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods. With many train and subway stations in walking distance public transportation in this area is excellent. The project will contain solely studio apartments. The project will also include a green rooftop deck and a community room with cooking equipment.

*Job and economic impact figures are estimates calculated using IMPLAN, an input-output model, based on HIT project data. The data is current as of March 31, 2020. Economic impact data is in 2019 dollars and all other figures are nominal.

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