La Casa Student Housing a realized concept

The concept for La Casa came about through the leadership of community members particularly young adults from Pilsen, Little Village, and Back of the Yards—that faced significant hardships after being the first in their families to enroll in college. The leaders wanted to address the fact that only 10% to 13% of community residents have a bachelor’s degree. The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and many private foundations and individual philanthropists helped provide the capital necessary to make this $11.6 million project possible.