Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC)

Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) Founded in 2003, the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) identifies and responds to the needs of the community by leveraging resources to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in Belmont Cragin and the surrounding communities.
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“Work with residents to respond to the needs and strengthen the community.” That was Reverend Christine Schrey's founding vision for the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC). Since 2003, we have helped thousands of families keep their homes, create financial opportunities, and develop as leaders.

“Work with residents to respond to the needs and strengthen the community.” That was Reverend Christine Schrey's founding vision for the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC). Since 2003, we have helped thousands of families keep their homes, create financial opportunities, and develop as leaders.

Mission: The Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) identifies and responds to the needs of the community by leveraging resources to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in Belmont Cragin and the surrounding communities.

Operating as usual

Si tiene un hijo con necesidades especiales o una discapacidad, únase a nosotros en nuestro próximo taller de la Univers...
02/09/2021

Si tiene un hijo con necesidades especiales o una discapacidad, únase a nosotros en nuestro próximo taller de la Universidad para Padres. Presentado por CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports & Services.

Únase a la reunión aquí:
www.nwshc.org/parentuniversity/educacion-especial

"It’s no accident that the Protect Chicago initiative's first vaccination event was held in Belmont Cragin – the neighbo...
02/09/2021
New Chicago Program Holds First Vaccination Event In Largely Latino Belmont Cragin, Focusing On Child Care Workers

"It’s no accident that the Protect Chicago initiative's first vaccination event was held in Belmont Cragin – the neighborhood with the city’s largest Latino population and also among those hardest hit by the virus."

We are proud to be working with many Belmont Cragin nonprofits and health care providers as part of the city's Protect Chicago program to help residents access Covid-19 resources and PPE, and get registered for the vaccine– starting with day care workers and seniors.

A new program kicked off Saturday to make sure in the future, those minority communities who need the vaccine most have a fair shot.

Chicago Housing Justice League
02/09/2021

Chicago Housing Justice League

In the midst of a pandemic, Chicago tenants are still facing threats of eviction, especially once the federal and state moratoriums on evictions eventually come to an end. Not all of those threats are due to non-payment of rent which means rental assistance won't help everyone, and we know that evictions have tremendous racial disparities even in the best of times. These are far from the best of times.

Just Cause for Evictions will provide renters with more protection to avoid the worst housing crisis yet. Learn more about Just Cause and how you can support the ordinance in City Council at www.JustCauseChicago.org. Help us pass Just Cause for Evictions now, before the eviction moratoriums go away. Let's help keep people in their homes. #JustCauseChicago #NoFaultEvictions #RentersRights

Today until 2pm, we will have several hundred boxes of food (fresh & shelf-stable) available to any family in need. Come...
02/09/2021
Boxed Food Giveaway — Northwest Side Housing Center

Today until 2pm, we will have several hundred boxes of food (fresh & shelf-stable) available to any family in need. Come pick up a box at Grace and Peace Church - 1856 N Leclaire.

The Northwest Side Housing Center will be giving away 1,000 food boxes to families in need Feb 9th at Grace and Peace Church. Boxes will be distributed on first-come, first-served basis and each family will receive 1-2 depending on the size of your family. Questions? Contact Cyndy Olivares rapidres

Cual fue la razon por la que decidio ponerse la vacuna ¿Cómo fue su experiencia al registrarse para la vacuna ¿Tuviste e...
02/05/2021
Maria testimonial on COVID vaccine (Spanish), KP, 2/4/21

Cual fue la razon por la que decidio ponerse la vacuna ¿Cómo fue su experiencia al registrarse para la vacuna ¿Tuviste efectos secundarios?

Preguntamos y María respondió.

Más que nada, recibió la vacuna para poder volver a abrazar a su familia. Y anima a otros a vacunarse cuando se presente la oportunidad para que usted también pueda volver a ver a su familia.

Asegúrese de seguir solo fuentes confiables para obtener información sobre la vacuna y saber cuándo será elegible–
Cook County Health | Chicago Department of Public Health

"There are many times I’d show up to school or work late- not because I have poor time management, but because the busse...
02/04/2021

"There are many times I’d show up to school or work late- not because I have poor time management, but because the busses didn’t arrive on time. I should be able to depend on transit. And it’s a shame that recently I haven’t been able to. That's why we are working hard to fight for that equity here and across the city– from the west side, south side, north side- transportation should be equal." - Zair, Belmont Cragin Youth Leadership Council member

Transit Equity Day serves as a national day of action that commemorates the birthday of Rosa Parks, reminding us that public transit is a fought-after civil right.

To mark this day, Zair, spoke on a panel of transportation activists at the Active Transportation Alliance Transit Equity Day virtual conference.

It's not too late to sign up for our free citizenship class offered virtually at Parent University-Steinmetz! To registe...
02/03/2021

It's not too late to sign up for our free citizenship class offered virtually at Parent University-Steinmetz! To register, call: 773-609-4401

This 12-part series is presented in partnership with New Americans Initiative and Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors-NIJFON

The American Heart Association is hosting a community conversation on facts & myths about Covid-19 vaccine. They'll join...
02/02/2021

The American Heart Association is hosting a community conversation on facts & myths about Covid-19 vaccine. They'll joined by physicians and a pharmacist to talk about the vaccines, the AHA’s advice for heart and stroke patients, and how the vaccine will continue to roll out in Chicagoland.

Register today: https://heart.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kun0CzfAQ4Gq_eixfs_eTQ

Join the American Heart Association for a virtual conversation on the #COVID19 vaccines on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon.

We’ll be joined by physicians and a pharmacist to talk about the vaccines, the AHA’s advice for heart and stroke patients, and how the vaccine will continue to roll out in Chicagoland.

To register, visit https://heart.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kun0CzfAQ4Gq_eixfs_eTQ

Buying a home is the biggest financial decision of your life. Our free HUD-certified homebuyer class and counseling is t...
01/31/2021
First-Time Homebuyer Class — Northwest Side Housing Center

Buying a home is the biggest financial decision of your life. Our free HUD-certified homebuyer class and counseling is the best first-step you can take to make the smartest decision for you and your family. We'll help you:

✅ Understand what you can afford
✅ Ensure you're mortgage ready
✅ Navigate intimidating processes
✅ Earn the certificate for down payment assistance

Whether you're ready to buy now, or need help planning long-term, our two-part class and individualized counseling will get you on the path to homeownership. Complete our class to earn the certificate needed for down payment assistance.

Applying for citizenship? You don't have to navigate the process alone! Sign up for a free 12-part citizenship class off...
01/31/2021

Applying for citizenship? You don't have to navigate the process alone! Sign up for a free 12-part citizenship class offered at Parent University-Steinmetz in partnership with New Americans Initiative and Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors-NIJFON. To register, call: 773-609-4401.

Learn more: www.nwshc.org/parentuniversity/citizenship

01/29/2021

Dose 1 ✅

Vaccines are rolling out in Belmont Cragin! Last week, some of our front-lines staff (like Yeni here!) were among the essential workers in Phase 1b eligible for the vaccine. And we've been working this week to help seniors and other front-line workers register for over 2,000 doses.

Be sure to follow trusted sources to learn information about the vaccine. Follow Chicago Department of Public Health, Cook County Health, and CDC.

When can you get the Covid-19 vaccine? Sign up to receive updates from Cook County Health to find out when you'll be eli...
01/27/2021

When can you get the Covid-19 vaccine? Sign up to receive updates from Cook County Health to find out when you'll be eligible, and instructions on how to register: https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/

Regístrese para recibir:
- Actualizaciones sobre la vacuna y el programa comunitario de vacunación
- Notificación de cuándo la administración de la vacuna está abierta a su fase
- Información sobre cómo programar una cita para vacunas a través de Cook County Health
- Información sobre ubicaciones de distribución de vacunas en todo el condado de Cook

You don't have to navigate the path to citizenship alone! Our Parent University program is partnering with New Americans...
01/26/2021

You don't have to navigate the path to citizenship alone! Our Parent University program is partnering with New Americans Initiative and Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors-NIJFON to provide a 12-part citizenship exam preparation class. To register, call: 773-609-4401.

Learn more: www.nwshc.org/parentuniversity/citizenship

When you're buying a home, you need a team who you can trust & education to make smart decisions. We have you covered. O...
01/22/2021
First-Time Homebuyer Class — Northwest Side Housing Center

When you're buying a home, you need a team who you can trust & education to make smart decisions. We have you covered. Our free HUD-certified homebuyer class will help you:

✅ Understand what you can afford
✅ Ensure you're mortgage ready
✅ Navigate intimidating processes
✅ Earn the certificate for down payment assistance

Whether you're ready to buy now, or need help planning long-term, our two-part class and individualized counseling will get you on the path to homeownership. Complete our class to earn the certificate needed for down payment assistance.

Tomorrow's inauguration offers a glimpse at a better future. But only if we actively continue dismantling the house that...
01/19/2021
Living in the House That Racism Built — Northwest Side Housing Center

Tomorrow's inauguration offers a glimpse at a better future. But only if we actively continue dismantling the house that racism built. Give this essay a read today, written by our own Linda Peters:

"Trump was the Great White Hope for the Lost Cause and against The Great Replacement nightmare haunting the souls of white nationalists. And even if he's convicted by the Senate in the long trial to come following his second impeachment, Trumpism has been unleashed and is spreading. But this virus is old, it started in this country in 1619. The vaccine against it is truth, justice, racial equity, and reparations."

By Linda Peters Jan. 15, 2021     Watching a mostly white, mostly male mob storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, I was both shocked and not surprised at the same time. I knew as a biracial woman born and raised in Chicago, I was seeing white folks act like they own the place– b

01/18/2021
SHOUT OUT to Cigna for donating over 250 bottles of hand sanitizer to the Kelvyn Park Senior Center yesterday to help st...
01/15/2021

SHOUT OUT to Cigna for donating over 250 bottles of hand sanitizer to the Kelvyn Park Senior Center yesterday to help stop the spread of COVID-19 among our older adults. Cigna will also be presenting virtual, bilingual workshops on topics including Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Mental Health, and Getting Active. For more information, call the Kelvyn Park Senior Center at 312-744-3350.

THANK YOU to the Belmont Cragin Mutual Aid, headed up by Graciela Guzman. BCMA, working with their partners at Fight2Fee...
01/15/2021

THANK YOU to the Belmont Cragin Mutual Aid, headed up by Graciela Guzman. BCMA, working with their partners at Fight2Feed donated over 130 delicious and healthy meals this week to the Kelvyn Park Senior Center. We also distributed 30 of these meals to the older adults at Montclare Senior Residences. BCMA is a volunteer-run organization. To support their work in getting vital resources, food, and supplies to our community, contact [email protected].

Thanks so much to all who have donated to help our Rapid Response team member, Salvador! In case you missed it, Salvador...
01/14/2021
Car stolen while volunteering: Help Salvador!, organized by James Rudyk

Thanks so much to all who have donated to help our Rapid Response team member, Salvador! In case you missed it, Salvador's car was stolen and totaled in between food/supply deliveries to families in need on New Years Eve– help him out by chipping in a few dollars so he can get back on the road.

On New Year's Eve, Salvador Mendoza was finishing up his last food and supp… James Rudyk needs your support for Car stolen while volunteering: Help Salvador!

On New Year's Eve, Salvador Mendoza was finishing up his last food and supply delivery to a family in need when his car ...
01/12/2021
Car stolen while volunteering: Help Salvador!, organized by James Rudyk

On New Year's Eve, Salvador Mendoza was finishing up his last food and supply delivery to a family in need when his car was stolen, and later found totaled beyond repair.

Salvador is a member of the Northwest Side Housing Center's Rapid Response Team, a group of Belmont Cragin residents who help coordinate the delivery of essential goods like PPE, groceries, and baby supplies to families who have been among the hardest hit by this pandemic.

The NWSHC and Cara Chicago are helping Salvador file an insurance claim and connecting him with some emergency cash + resources, but we are asking for your support to help him cover the cost of a new car. Any help you can give will go a long way to help Salvador get back on the road and in the community!

On New Year's Eve, Salvador Mendoza was finishing up his last food and supp… James Rudyk needs your support for Car stolen while volunteering: Help Salvador!

Thanks WTTW - Chicago PBS for including us in your spotlight on the inequitable toll this pandemic has taken on Belmont ...
01/08/2021
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Belmont Cragin

Thanks WTTW - Chicago PBS for including us in your spotlight on the inequitable toll this pandemic has taken on Belmont Cragin. And shoutout to Alderman Gilbert Villegas for uplifting testing efforts, and La Chilangueada for talking about supporting small restaurants like yours while staying safe!

On the day that Illinois reached the unfortunate milestone of surpassing one million cases of the coronavirus, we go to one of the Chicago communities bearing the brunt of the pandemic.

Karen Hennessy, one of our Kelvyn Park Senior Center members and older adult community activists shared this touching po...
12/24/2020

Karen Hennessy, one of our Kelvyn Park Senior Center members and older adult community activists shared this touching poem about 2020 and all the challenges with COVID-19...

Stop by today, free Walk Up Testing ! 8am-4pm Exámenes de COVID-19 gratis 8am-4pm hoy y mañana. Alderman Gilbert Villega...
12/19/2020

Stop by today, free Walk Up Testing ! 8am-4pm

Exámenes de COVID-19 gratis 8am-4pm hoy y mañana.

Alderman Gilbert Villegas Alderman Felix Cardona, Jr. State Representative Eva-Dina Delgado State Rep. Will Guzzardi - 39th District Luis Arroyo Jr. Jesús "Chuy" García Belmont-Cragin United SpreadLove Chicago Metropolitan Family Services Onward Neighborhood House

Este sábado y domingo, las pruebas Covid-19 en nuestra oficina organizadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de IL.

Snowflakes by Shirley! Thanks for making our center a winter wonderland!
12/18/2020

Snowflakes by Shirley! Thanks for making our center a winter wonderland!

Here's Shirley Crallie, a member of the Kelvyn Park Senior Center, volunteering to make dozens of beautiful snowflakes t...
12/18/2020

Here's Shirley Crallie, a member of the Kelvyn Park Senior Center, volunteering to make dozens of beautiful snowflakes to decorate the center and the residents' apartment windows. Tis the season for acts of love!

And here's Shirley Crallie, our third winner at Kelvyn Park Senior Center's Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest! Love the popco...
12/18/2020

And here's Shirley Crallie, our third winner at Kelvyn Park Senior Center's Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest! Love the popcorn necklace!

Here's Diane Diaz with her "Moo-y" Christmas sweater, one of our 3 top winners at KP Senior Center Ugly Sweater Contest!
12/18/2020

Here's Diane Diaz with her "Moo-y" Christmas sweater, one of our 3 top winners at KP Senior Center Ugly Sweater Contest!

The 3 top winners of our Kelvyn Park Senior Center Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest: Maria Morales, Diane Diaz, and Shirley ...
12/18/2020

The 3 top winners of our Kelvyn Park Senior Center Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest: Maria Morales, Diane Diaz, and Shirley Crallie! Each won a $25 cash gift card. Thanks to all the contestants!

Prueba gratuita de Covid-19 este sábado y domingo en nuestra oficina: ¡cualquiera puede hacerse la prueba, no se requier...
12/18/2020

Prueba gratuita de Covid-19 este sábado y domingo en nuestra oficina: ¡cualquiera puede hacerse la prueba, no se requiere seguro y un simple hisopo nasal! ¡Manténgase a salvo Belmont Cragin!

Free Covid-19 testing this Saturday and Sunday at our office- anyone can get tested, no insurance required, and simple nasal swab! Stay safe Belmont Cragin!

Santa Claus is coming to Belmont Cragin this Sunday! Click below to see his parade route and step outside or watch from ...
12/17/2020
Santa's Parade - Belmont Cragin — Northwest Side Housing Center

Santa Claus is coming to Belmont Cragin this Sunday!

Click below to see his parade route and step outside or watch from your car as he sleighs through the neighborhood handing out goodie bags!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Belmont Cragin! Bring your family out to watch socially distanced or from your car along Santa's parade route and grab free goodie bags. Parade Start : Fullerton & Narragansett east to Cicero, north to Belmont, west to Narragansett, south Diversey, end at

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Belmont Cragin! Bring your family out to watch socially distanced or from your car al...
12/15/2020

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Belmont Cragin! Bring your family out to watch socially distanced or from your car along Santa's parade route and grab free goodie bags.

See the route more closely: https://www.nwshc.org/events-list/santa-parade

¡Santa y la Sra. Claus vienen a Belmont Cragin! Traiga a su familia a mirar desde su automóvil o socialmente distanciado...
12/15/2020

¡Santa y la Sra. Claus vienen a Belmont Cragin! Traiga a su familia a mirar desde su automóvil o socialmente distanciados a lo largo de la ruta del desfile de Papá Noel y tome bolsas de regalos gratis.

Ver la ruta del desfile más de cerca: https://www.nwshc.org/events-list/santa-parade

The uglier the sweater, the better! Stop by Kelvyn Park Senior Center to enter our ugly holiday sweater contest for folk...
12/15/2020

The uglier the sweater, the better! Stop by Kelvyn Park Senior Center to enter our ugly holiday sweater contest for folks age 55+, stop by anytime 9am-4pm this week to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card! Contest ends Friday at 4pm! You can also opt to email your photo to [email protected] if you're unable to come by.

Este sábado y domingo, las pruebas Covid-19 en nuestra oficina organizadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de IL.
12/15/2020

Este sábado y domingo, las pruebas Covid-19 en nuestra oficina organizadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de IL.

Happening this Saturday and Sunday– Covid-19 tests at our office hosted by the IL Department of Public Health.
12/15/2020

Happening this Saturday and Sunday– Covid-19 tests at our office hosted by the IL Department of Public Health.

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5233 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL
60639

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 19:00
Thursday 08:00 - 19:00
Friday 08:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(773) 283-3888

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Founded in 2003, the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) identifies and responds to the needs of the community by leveraging resources to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in Belmont Cragin and the surrounding communities. We offer a variety of FREE services including:


  • HUD-Certified Housing Counseling for families facing foreclosure

  • A First-Time Homebuyer series with Homebuyer Education Certificate given to those who complete the series

  • One-on-one financial coaching
  • Nearby government services


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