Lawndale Christian Development Corporation

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation ...bringing holistic revitalization to the lives and environments of Lawndale residents through economic empowerment, housing improvements, educational enrichments and community advocacy.
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Lawndale Christian Development Corporation seeks to be a developer and manager of community-enhancing residential and commercial properties; a partner for educational excellence; and a catalyst for community revitalization in the North Lawndale community. Executive Director: Kim Jackson Lawndale Christian Residential Services serves to provide affordable rental housing for those in the North Lawndale Community.

Mission: Lawndale Christian Development Corporation was established in 1987 by Lawndale Community Church to bring holistic revitalization to the lives and environments of Lawndale residents through economic empowerment, housing improvements, educational enrichments and community advocacy.

03/17/2020

Due to the State of Illinois guidance regarding COVID19, the LCDC offices will be closed starting March 18th. We expect to be closed until March 30th at minimum. Upon reopening we will update this post.

Current LCDC Residents in need of non-emergency assistance may call (773)696-9103 or (773)696-9105.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Be Blessed and Well,
The LCDC Staff

Challenges like COVID19 affect the finances of the working poor quicker and with more severity. We'd like to offer you a...
03/16/2020
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Challenges like COVID19 affect the finances of the working poor quicker and with more severity.

We'd like to offer you a opportunity to assist residents in meeting their rent obligations which will help to keep LCDC fiscally sound.

By donating here... https://lcdc.net/donate/ ... you can give specifically to help offset the rent of an LCDC resident. Simply put "Rent" in the "Message of Support" field and your entire donation will be earmarked to meet this need.

Our sincere thanks for considering the needs of our residents even as you are no doubt dealing with issues related to COVID-19 in your own lives.

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Just a friendly reminder that  North Lawndale Homeowners Association, North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council and ...
02/26/2020

Just a friendly reminder that North Lawndale Homeowners Association, North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council and Guaranteed Rate are hosting a "Pre Approval Party" Saturday, February 29th from 2pm-5pm at the newly renovated Douglass Branch Library in North Lawndale.

Wilonda Cannon will be there to help you learn the details needed to get Pre-Approved to purchase your home in 2020! This event is free but seating is limited. Register today at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-estate-pre-approval-party-with-guaranteed-rate-tickets-92131388463

We hope to see you there!

Hello Neighbors!Next Tuesday March 3rd at 5PM there will be a community event at Sinai Community Institute, (2653 W. Ogd...
02/26/2020

Hello Neighbors!

Next Tuesday March 3rd at 5PM there will be a community event at Sinai Community Institute, (2653 W. Ogden, entrance on Washtenaw), regarding the Pritzker Traubert Chicago Prize. Come learn about the "Advancing North Lawndale Together" finalist bid and meet the team that is working to bring it home.

If you are interested in attending, PLEASE RSVP @ Tinyurl.com/NLChicago . Feel free to share this invite with other community members you feel would be interested.

See you there!

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation
02/26/2020

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation is honored to be part of the @NLCCCPlanning who has been named as one of 4 fi...
12/12/2019

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation is honored to be part of the @NLCCCPlanning who has been named as one of 4 finalists for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 Million “Chicago Prize.” North Lawndale is one of Chicago’s lowest-income neighborhoods, with over 40% of residents living below the poverty line. If awarded the “Chicago Prize”, NLCCC will be able to continue the work of advancing North Lawndale together by addressing community needs; promote economic stability and opportunity for residents. To learn when the winner announcement will take place and to get more details on the “Chicago Prize” read: https://nlcccplanning.org/.

North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council has been selected as a finalist for the $10 Million “Chicago Prize” by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. We are proud to be a part of this community-focused collaboration whose goal is to revitalize the North Lawndale community. If awarded the “Chicago Prize”, NLCCC will be able to continue the work of advancing North Lawndale together by addressing the community needs for new jobs, housing services and infrastructure. Congratulations to the other finalists and special congratulations to all of the NLCCC collaborators: Sinai Health System, New Covenant Community Dev. Corp, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, North Lawndale Employment Network, and local arts organization Under the Grid. The award announcement will take place Spring 2020. Get the full details at https://nlcccplanning.org/

We are honored to be recognized by the We Raise Foundation!
12/11/2019

We are honored to be recognized by the We Raise Foundation!

Meet our three new Emerging Leader Grant recipients!
- Sarah Gray from Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center in Columbus, Ohio
- Marcela Melendez from GRACE Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas
- Whittney Smith from Lawndale Christian Development Corporation in Chicago, Illinois

Learn how these leaders are impacting their communities here: https://weraise.org/2019/11/07/we-raise-awards-three-emerging-leader-grants/

Thanks for highlighting our work #WeRaiseThanks!!!
12/11/2019

Thanks for highlighting our work #WeRaiseThanks!!!

Gratitude Day 26! #WeRaiseThanks for... A Place to Call Home! 🏠

Today's photos feature our partners at Lawndale Christian Development Corporation and their 2-Flat Ownership Program.

Make sure you stop by MLK Exhibit Center for Fridays (December 13th) Sip & Shop
12/11/2019

Make sure you stop by MLK Exhibit Center for Fridays (December 13th) Sip & Shop

This Friday From 6-9pm come and shop with our local talents and seasonal sips!

Work Space Wednesdays MLK Exhibit Center!!
12/11/2019

Work Space Wednesdays MLK Exhibit Center!!

Workspace Wednesdays @the MLK (s/o to the SAIC design class for helping us host)

Enjoy our year in review to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas, with an explanation at https://lcdc.net/2019/12/10/fro...
12/10/2019
From Where I Sit: 2019 Year in Review

Enjoy our year in review to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas, with an explanation at https://lcdc.net/2019/12/10/from-where-i-sit-2019-year-in-review/. Please sing along.

On the first day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, a brand-new Douglass branch library*.

On the second day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, tax returns and clean audits for 2018*.

On the third day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, three gut rehabs of beautiful buildings*.

On the 4th day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, four new foundations that gave us support that we need*.

On the 5th day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me 235 HOMEOWNERS IN THE NORTH LAWNDALE HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION*!!

On the 6th day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, new Canaan homes that we’ll build in the Spring*.

On the 7th day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, LAZARUS APARTMENTS reborn also in the Spring*.

On the 8th day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, 8 amazing board members that raise money*.

On the 9th day of Christmas, LCDC gave to me, 9 awesome staff and consultants that still believe!

I’m sure if you’re like me you are probably tired of Giving Tuesday requests hitting your inbox.  At LCDC, we decided to go in a different direction.  Enjoy our year in review to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas, with an explanation below.  Please sing along.  On the…

"Chicago is being rebuilt, but it's a tale of two cities. There is downtown and there is everybody else," said Richard T...
09/24/2019
Hundreds of Chicago residents meet with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to air concerns about violence, housing inequality

"Chicago is being rebuilt, but it's a tale of two cities. There is downtown and there is everybody else," said Richard Townsell of the North Lawndale Homeowners Association. "Our goal is, we want to make sure that working families, people that have been here for generations, are able to own homes, stay in their communities."

https://abc7chicago.com/community-events/mayor-lightfoot-listens-to-residents-concerns-about-violence-housing-inequality/5560344/

Hundreds of people gathered on Chicago's West Side to talk with Mayor Lori Lightfoot about the city's most pressing problems, from gun violence to housing concerns.

Show your support when using Amazon. Shop AmazonSmile.com and when checking out you will be prompted to select LCDC as y...
08/02/2019
Support Lawndale Christian Development Corporation by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Show your support when using Amazon. Shop AmazonSmile.com and when checking out you will be prompted to select LCDC as your preferred organization to support. We thank you in advance for choosing LCDC!

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When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. Support us every time you shop.

Show Me Your Roots Launch Day! Join us in our Show Me Your Roots campaign as we highlight the wonderful ways that access...
07/12/2019
Show Me Your Roots

Show Me Your Roots Launch Day!

Join us in our Show Me Your Roots campaign as we highlight the wonderful ways that access to affordable and secure housing has enhanced our lives. With your support we can continue to provide quality housing in North Lawndale.

Our page will be hosting videos from LCDC supporters answering the question, 'What does home mean to me?' Partner with us by posting your own video to Facebook using these hashtags: Lawndale Christian Development Corporation #SMYR #LCDC #homesweethome https://lcdc.net/show-me-your-roots/

Donate to this campaign to ensure that North Lawndale residents know the joy that stable housing provides.

Show Me Your Roots

05/30/2019

SPRING BEAUTIFICATION!!! Check out our day playing in the dirt

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05/30/2019

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05/10/2019

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05/10/2019

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Check out the latest "From Where I Sit" written by Richard Townsell https://lcdc.net/2019/05/07/from-where-i-sit-6/
05/10/2019
From Where I Sit

Check out the latest "From Where I Sit" written by Richard Townsell

https://lcdc.net/2019/05/07/from-where-i-sit-6/

Mission in Motion By Richard Townsell The election of a Black woman as the next Mayor of Chicago was a historic moment. That very same month was the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Considering these two facts, I am writing about some…

http://lcdc.net/https-chicago-suntimes-com-opinion-how-a-new-governor-j-b-pritzker-can-go-to-bat-for-the-mentally-ill-ri...
12/14/2018
How a new governor, J.B. Pritzker, can go to bat for the mentally ill right away

http://lcdc.net/https-chicago-suntimes-com-opinion-how-a-new-governor-j-b-pritzker-can-go-to-bat-for-the-mentally-ill-right-away/

  How a new governor, J.B. Pritzker, can go to bat for the mentally ill right away   United Power op-ed in Sun-Times Richard Townsell, Aliya Husain, Kelly Collins and Rabbi Ari Margolis               For lack of better alternatives, write the authors, police often detain…

Check out the latest "From Where I Sit" blog post from Richard Townsell! http://lcdc.net/2018/10/26/from-where-i-sit-5/
10/26/2018
From Where I Sit

Check out the latest "From Where I Sit" blog post from Richard Townsell!
http://lcdc.net/2018/10/26/from-where-i-sit-5/

  The last time I wrote to you all was in July when I said this: “Black people are leaving Chicago in droves. According to the IHS Data Clearinghouse, 42,504 black people left between 2010 and 2016. They have had enough of the crime, food deserts, job deserts, red light…

LCDC honored North Lawndale entrepreneurs during a commemorative event for 50th years since Martin Luther King Jr. was a...
07/23/2018

LCDC honored North Lawndale entrepreneurs during a commemorative event for 50th years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. We highlighted Creative Scott of Creative Salon, the owner of Delkar Pharmacy, and Lou Malnatis Pizza for their dedication and commitment to the community.

Take a moment to check out the latest "From Where I Sit" "Our institutions have sent young people to college and trained...
07/23/2018
From Where I Sit

Take a moment to check out the latest "From Where I Sit"
"Our institutions have sent young people to college and trained young men and women to get jobs. We have opened food pantries and housed families fleeing persecution in their home countries. We have made a commitment to the common good that is just as relevant, and I dare say more impactful than the commitment of the money crowd. My issue is that I don’t see the same level of commitment, creativity and impactful scale happening in our community as downtown."
http://lcdc.net/2018/07/23/from-where-i-sit-4/

From Where I Sit

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07/23/2018

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https://conta.cc/2I7WZNeDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Year Commemoration On January 26, 1966, Dr Martin Luther King Jr....
05/09/2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Year Commemoration

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Year Commemoration

On January 26, 1966, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. moved to a third floor apartment at 1550 South Hamlin in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. From North Lawndale, King launched what he called the “action phase” of his agenda. He led marchers into Marquette Park and into Cicero and declared that “I have never in my life seen such hate … not in Mississippi or Alabama.” He also came to Chicago to show the deplorable living conditions and poverty of African-Americans in the urban north and to display the segregation of housing in northern cities. 1550 S. Hamlin was the only place in the North where Dr. King ever lived.

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05/07/2018

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http://interactive.wbez.org/king/"Richard Townsell, executive director of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation...
04/03/2018
50 Years Ago, Dr. King's Assassination Shook Chicago — Especially The West Side

http://interactive.wbez.org/king/

"Richard Townsell, executive director of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, was born in North Lawndale and was a child when the riots broke out. He has dedicated much of his adult life to rebuilding the neighborhood.

'I think we are trying to show a neighborhood that has persevered, despite what happened. I think we are trying to show a resilience.'"

The news came on a Thursday evening. People who were there remember the sorrow and rage that followed.

The community showed up and showed out for LCDC's 30th Anniversary... go to the website to see your favorites
03/21/2018

The community showed up and showed out for LCDC's 30th Anniversary... go to the website to see your favorites

01/17/2018

Organizing: Connect. Act. Win.

At LCDC, we believe that people working together have the power to change their communities for the better. Together, our impact exceeds the limitations of individual efforts.

In January 2018, we worked with residents to establish the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) Homeowners Association. The organization was born out of a desire on behalf of homeowners to have a say in determining the future for North Lawndale.

The NLCCC Homeowners Association is taking on the work of addressing the dilapidated conditions at North Lawndale’s only public library – the Frederik A. Douglass Branch Library. They inspected the facility themselves, created a report of their findings, and presented the report before the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors on January 16, 2018.

The NLCCC HOA is committed to holding themselves, as well as their elected officials and representatives at the local and state levels, accountable for making North Lawndale a healthy and thriving neighborhood.

The Douglass Library Campaign is only the beginning – there’s no limit to what we can achieve through collective and continued action.

-- Trevor Riley
Community Organizer

01/16/2018
MLK Historic District Intro Video Ver 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDomBL3iY7c#action=share

The historic address of 1550 South Hamlin Ave. became one of approximately 2,000 vacant lots to plague the neighborhood. All that changed in 2006 when plans were put in place by Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC) to turn the plot into an area worthy of Dr. King’s legacy.

To further the community’s vision for sharing its rich history with the world, LCDC began development on the 4-acre site located at 16th and Hamlin, that would become the MLK Memorial District.The Dr. King Legacy Apartments, affordable rental units, and the MLK Fair Housing Exhibit Center are the first phase of the MLK District built to honor Dr. King’s work for fair housing.

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3843 W Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL
60623-2459

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Monday 08:45 - 21:00
Tuesday 08:45 - 21:00
Wednesday 08:45 - 17:00
Thursday 08:45 - 21:00
Friday 08:45 - 17:00
Saturday 08:45 - 17:00

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n 1978, together with several of the young men and women in the bible study and one of their mothers, Coach and Anne Gordon launched Lawndale Community Church (LCC) currently known as Lawndale Christian Community Church (LCCC). Guided by Coach Gordon’s dedication to both the physical and spiritual needs of the North Lawndale community, LCCC began buying and rehabilitating abandoned apartment buildings, and renting them to church members and other North Lawndale residents at affordable rates.

Richard Townsell, who had been mentored during high school and college by Coach Gordon, became LCDC’s Executive Director in 1992, and served in that role for 14 years, before transitioning into other leadership roles throughout Chicago. Under Townsell’s direction, LCDC brought more than $40 million in redevelopment to North Lawndale. During this time, LCDC also broadened its program offerings to include youth and adult education, and job readiness programming.

Following Townsell’s departure, Marcus Thorne became the Executive Director from 2006-2007, followed by Kim Jackson from 2007-2014. Under Jacksons’ leadership LCDC brought great change to the North Lawndale community through the development of the following sites: Dr. King Legacy Apartments, Fountain View Apartments, Renaissance Place Apartments and the Gideon Homes, among others.

Since its inception, LCDC has completed $100 million in residential and commercial development, and contributed more than 360 units of affordable housing to the North Lawndale community.

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