Home for single moms proposed for NW Side

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CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago is considering a proposal to turn a vacant convent on the Northwest Side into a home for new, unwed mothers.

But some neighbors are fighting the idea.

The non-profit Catholic group,  Aid for Women,  wants to convert the former convent at St Pascal's Parish in the Portage Park neighborhood.

The plan calls for housing seven mothers and their newborns in rooms once used by nuns.

Neighbors opposed to the idea say the rooms are too small since they were occupied by women who had taken a vow of poverty.

They are also concerned about the effects the home will have on their property values.

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals will vote on the proposal.