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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.

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.

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NORTH LAWNDALE — Chicago’s West Side has been robbed of equitable investment for generations — and it has left legacy La...
04/27/2022
Lawndale Has Been Robbed Of Equitable Investment For Generations, New Study Finds

NORTH LAWNDALE — Chicago’s West Side has been robbed of equitable investment for generations — and it has left legacy Lawndale residents with little economic opportunity. Lawndale Christian Development Corporation commissioned a report to help neighborhood groups plan ways to fix quality-of-life issues like the health disparities, joblessness and lack of homeownership opportunities caused by historic policies rooted in racism.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/04/26/lawndale-has-been-robbed-of-equitable-investment-for-generations-new-study-finds/

The study found $124 million leaves North Lawndale each year in wages earned by non-residents and money residents spend outside of the neighborhood. Armed with new data, Lawndale groups are trying to fix the problem.

The LCDC commissioned study found that $124 million leaves North Lawndale each year in wages earned by non-residents and...
04/27/2022
Lawndale Has Been Robbed Of Equitable Investment For Generations, New Study Finds

The LCDC commissioned study found that $124 million leaves North Lawndale each year in wages earned by non-residents and money residents spend outside of the neighborhood. Armed with new data, Lawndale groups are trying to fix the problem.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/04/26/lawndale-has-been-robbed-of-equitable-investment-for-generations-new-study-finds/

The study found $124 million leaves North Lawndale each year in wages earned by non-residents and money residents spend outside of the neighborhood. Armed with new data, Lawndale groups are trying to fix the problem.

“We knew money was leaking out of the community, but we didn’t know quite how much,” Townsell said. “And it was sobering...
04/27/2022
Report: Revitalizing North Lawndale will require more

“We knew money was leaking out of the community, but we didn’t know quite how much,” Townsell said. “And it was sobering to see in the richest country in the world how much people were spending of their hard-earned incomes just to find housing.” The Great Cities report shows the neighborhood needs a construction loan program for new, affordable single-family homes, and a flexible emergency fund to help those seeking employment pay for child care or work supplies.

https://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=39ef41f2-dc83-4dfe-a84f-b2f717de1fbb

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is set to launch several development projects in the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale, but a coalition of local community groups and developers said Monday the area’s economic troubles have deep roots, and though the mayor’s initiative is welcome, ...

“Keeping more of that money closer to home could be key to revitalizing the community, according to the study conducted ...
04/27/2022
Smart investment can unlock North Lawndale’s economic potential

“Keeping more of that money closer to home could be key to revitalizing the community, according to the study conducted by University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute and commissioned by the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.”

https://paper.suntimes.com/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=06a4d941-ba53-489c-95eb-301634a0b9e3

Smart investment can unlock North Lawndale’s economic potential

02/24/2022

📰 The February edition of the #WoodsFundChicago newsletter is out now! Read Program Officer Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry's statement on #BlackHistory and learn about Lawndale Christian Development Corporation's work in #communitydevelopment. Plus more featuring Anton Seals Jr., NPR's Code Switch, our multiyear report, and job postings. Read the full newsletter now: https://t.e2ma.net/message/xdvjbg/9irdskbc

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Check out Richard Townsell and Whittney Smith in https://www.chicagobusiness.com/equity/housing-key-equity-chicagos-nort...
02/14/2022
The harsh reality of a dream deferred

Check out Richard Townsell and Whittney Smith in https://www.chicagobusiness.com/equity/housing-key-equity-chicagos-north-lawndale-neighborhood sharing about the fight for equity in North Lawndale. #1000homes #Reclaiming #Co-opbusinesses @Lcdccooperative

“Equity, for most people of color, has been a fantasy. A dream deferred. United Power for Action & Justice's Reclaiming Chicago campaign plans to make equity real. Our audacious goal is to build 1,000 homes on the West Side and 1,000 homes on the South Side for home ownership for working people. People that the market cannot or will not build for.“

For Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, equity resembles affordable single-family homes at scale and strengthening local power, two leaders write.

Bank of America announced Lawndale Christian Development Corporation as one of the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Bui...
12/09/2021
Chicago Hispanic Newspaper, Lawndale News, Hispanic Bilingual Newspapers, Su Noticiero Bilingue » Bank of America Names Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council and Lawndale Christian Development Corporation 2021 Neighborhood Builders®

Bank of America announced Lawndale Christian Development Corporation as one of the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders®. It is one of Bank of America’s most prestigious honors and we are so honored and humbled to be chosen.

http://www.lawndalenews.com/2021/11/bank-of-america-names-back-of-the-yards-neighborhood-council-and-lawndale-christian-development-corporation-2021-neighborhood-builders/

Bank of America announced Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council and Lawndale Christian Development Corporation have been named 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® for their work in empowering community and economic development in the south and west side neighborhoods of Chicago. Since 2004...

Protecting & Advancing Equitable Homeownership: Lawndale Christian Development Corporation - The Chicago Community Trust
10/27/2021
Protecting & Advancing Equitable Homeownership: Lawndale Christian Development Corporation - The Chicago Community Trust

Protecting & Advancing Equitable Homeownership: Lawndale Christian Development Corporation - The Chicago Community Trust

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC) organizes with the community to eliminate health and wealth disparities in North Lawndale and worldwide. LCDC’s work is done by developing and managing affordable mixed-use housing, providing homeownership for working families, and creating coopera...

Check out the article in the Washington Post highlighting the powerful organizing work North Lawndale leaders, United Po...
10/27/2021
These Chicago residents are trying to revitalize their neighborhood without gentrification

Check out the article in the Washington Post highlighting the powerful organizing work North Lawndale leaders, United Power, NLCCC, and LCDC are doing to bring 1000 new affordable homes to North Lawndale.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/10/22/these-chicago-residents-are-trying-revitalize-their-neighborhood-without-gentrification/

For decades, governments have favored rental housing for low-income Americans. North Lawndale is a test case of whether homeownership is a better bet.

09/24/2021

Are you ready to move in to your new home?

08/02/2021

Wont you be my neighbor?

We’re almost there guys!! We’re building the newest homes in North Lawndale. Make sure you’re a part of our home buyer s...
08/02/2021

We’re almost there guys!! We’re building the newest homes in North Lawndale. Make sure you’re a part of our home buyer series so that you can get one of these beautiful homes for yourself!

05/12/2021
Neighbors, friends, and family please join us on zoom May 19th and 20th at 6pm to discuss our proposal, The Tapestry. Th...
05/11/2021

Neighbors, friends, and family please join us on zoom May 19th and 20th at 6pm to discuss our proposal, The Tapestry. This development is our answer to the city’s question, what should be constructed on Ogden & Homan. It’s our time to say what will happen in our neighborhood. Join us and vote with us for The Tapestry.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2tmhYaCeSJ6WN6ZKtpAf9Q

04/09/2021

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We are proud to share the groundbreaking of two model homes on Avers. As we meet one-on-one with our neighbors we hear y...
04/09/2021

We are proud to share the groundbreaking of two model homes on Avers. As we meet one-on-one with our neighbors we hear your concern over the vacant lots in North Lawndale. This is our response! We can go far together. If you haven’t already join the fight for a better Lawndale by joining the home owners association, becoming a member of LCDC Co-op to build businesses in the community, and/or contact us to see how you can become a home owner in North Lawndale. Let buy and build the blocks of our neighborhood.

If you lived in North Lawndale please call the number on the flyer to make your vaccination appointment today! Stay safe...
02/25/2021

If you lived in North Lawndale please call the number on the flyer to make your vaccination appointment today! Stay safe everyone.

02/11/2021

Today at 2pm, ABC7 Chicago will present a virtual town hall examining the long lasting effects of the discriminatory real estate and banking practices of redlining. Tune in to hear from various panelists, including Richard Townsell of Lawndale Christian Development Corporation! Watch at www.abc7chicago.com

Check out Richard Townsell on Our Chicago: Voices of the Community town hall examines discriminatory effects of redlinin...
02/11/2021

Check out Richard Townsell on Our Chicago: Voices of the Community town hall examines discriminatory effects of redlining at 2:00pm today!

Either online at abc7chicago.com or live on facebook at https://m.facebook.com/abc7chicago/

Check out LCDC’s Executive director @Richard Townsell on NBC news discussing the vision for residents of North Lawndale....
01/27/2021
Race in Chicago: Tuesday Marks Anniversary of MLK Moving to Chicago

Check out LCDC’s Executive director @Richard Townsell on NBC news discussing the vision for residents of North Lawndale.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/race-in-chicago/race-in-chicago-tuesday-marks-anniversary-of-mlk-moving-to-chicago/2422808/

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought his fight for justice to the city of Chicago on this date in 1966, shining a light on racial discrimination in housing in the city. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter has the story.

Check out Lcdc Coop to learn more about how we’re rebuilding the wealth of our community by building local power!
01/21/2021

Check out Lcdc Coop to learn more about how we’re rebuilding the wealth of our community by building local power!

“Richard Townsell says that while similar developments have been built across Chicago to good effect, there’s more to be...
01/20/2021
Lawndale Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Fight for Fair Housing

“Richard Townsell says that while similar developments have been built across Chicago to good effect, there’s more to be done, and it starts at the federal level.
“In the same way that Chicago goes after dollars for transportation every year … they have to do the same thing around affordable housing. There is short supply of it,” he said. “For every person that wins an award with the Department of Housing to do a development like the Martin Luther King apartments, there are probably 10 or 15 that don’t get it. We need resources to do this work.”

https://news.wttw.com/2021/01/17/lawndale-legacy-martin-luther-king-jr-fight-fair-housing

On the 55th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrival in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, we revisit the work he did to end slum conditions and combat discriminatory housing practices.

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation  and its partners will share a $7.2 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase & C...
12/13/2020
A Chase Grant Will Give A $7.2 Million Boost For Home Ownership On Chicago’s South And West Sides

Lawndale Christian Development Corporation and its partners will share a $7.2 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase & Co. AdvancingCities competition to help reverse decades of under-investment in South and West side neighborhoods

The Resurrection Project
Back-of-the-Yards, Chicago
Neighborhood Council
Peace and Education Coalition - Back of the Yards, New City
Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Southwest Organizing Project

A JPMorgan Chase grant will look to help Black and Latino families become homeowners after decades of disinvestment in Chicago neighborhoods.

Way to represent Richard Townsell !!
12/04/2020

Way to represent Richard Townsell !!

During our conference, we'll dig into racial homeownership gaps with NCRC's Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Associated Bank's LaDonna Reed & Lawndale Christian Development Corporation's Richard Townsell. Join us to explore effective strategies for expanding sustainable affordable homeownership. http://housingactionil.org/conference

We go further together. Thank you to our wonderful partners at All Saints Episcopal Church for standing in the gap with ...
12/04/2020

We go further together. Thank you to our wonderful partners at All Saints Episcopal Church for standing in the gap with us as we build a better North Lawndale!

This past Spring, Bishop Bonnie A. Perry challenged the ResCov community to join in the Greenlining Campaign, a partnership between Lawndale Christian Development Corporation and All Saints' Episcopal Church that seeks to combat the racist legacy of redlining in our city by building affordable housing in the North Lawndale community. Because we believe this is the work of justice that the gospel calls us to, we challenged our community in September to raise $2500 by the end of October. We are now excited to say that we have more than doubled that goal! Thank you to all who supported this campaign, and may it lead us deeper into God’s work of justice and peace for our city and world.

TRP and partners have been awarded $7.2 million through JPMorgan Chase & Co. AdvancingCities competition to help reverse...
12/04/2020
TRP and Partners Win Prestigious AdvancingCities $7.2 Million Award | The Resurrection Project

TRP and partners have been awarded $7.2 million through JPMorgan Chase & Co. AdvancingCities competition to help reverse decades of under-investment in South and West side neighborhoods, including Back of the Yards, North Lawndale and Chicago Lawn through the “Block by Block” initiative!

https://resurrectionproject.org/trp-and-partners-win-prestigious-advancingcities-7-2-million-award/

Today, The Resurrection Project (TRP) and partners celebrate the announcement of JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities Challenge, part of the firm’s $500

We’re excited to share that LCDC has been awarded one of the #BofAGrants from @BankOfAmerica. Contributions like this ar...
12/04/2020

We’re excited to share that LCDC has been awarded one of the #BofAGrants from @BankOfAmerica. Contributions like this are essential as we continue working toward building a better North Lawndale and ensuring access to affordable housing. Thank you BofA!

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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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Check out Richard Townsell and Whittney Smith in https://www.chicagobusiness.com/equity/housing-key-equity-chicagos-north-lawndale-neighborhood sharing about the fight for equity in North Lawndale. #1000homes #Reclaiming #Co-opbusinesses @Lcdccooperative “Equity, for most people of color, has been a fantasy. A dream deferred. United Power for Action & Justice's Reclaiming Chicago campaign plans to make equity real. Our audacious goal is to build 1,000 homes on the West Side and 1,000 homes on the South Side for home ownership for working people. People that the market cannot or will not build for.“
It’s easy to celebrate when you work in and for the best neighborhood in Chicago and have the partners we have! Join us as we commemorate 35 years or organizing, building, and transforming North Lawndale. We will be auctioning 2 club level Bulls tickets during the event so see you there or on zoom! https://lcdc.networkforgood.com/events/37297-lcdc-s-annual-dinner-fundraiser-celebrating-35-years-of-faith-focus?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_1680961
Bank of America announced Lawndale Christian Development Corporation as one of the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders®. It is one of Bank of America’s most prestigious honors and we are so honored and humbled to be chosen. http://www.lawndalenews.com/2021/11/bank-of-america-names-back-of-the-yards-neighborhood-council-and-lawndale-christian-development-corporation-2021-neighborhood-builders/
Check out the article in the Washington Post highlighting the powerful organizing work North Lawndale leaders, United Power, NLCCC, and LCDC are doing to bring 1000 new affordable homes to North Lawndale. https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/10/22/these-chicago-residents-are-trying-revitalize-their-neighborhood-without-gentrification/
Are you ready to move in to your new home?
Wont you be my neighbor?
We’re almost there guys!! We’re building the newest homes in North Lawndale. Make sure you’re a part of our home buyer series so that you can get one of these beautiful homes for yourself!
North Lawndale is a community of fighters and we are fighting together to rebuild our community for the people who live here today! https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2021/6/28/22554061/north-lawndale-housing-reclaiming-communities-campaign-chicago-public-private-venture
Neighbors, friends, and family please join us on zoom May 19th and 20th at 6pm to discuss our proposal, The Tapestry. This development is our answer to the city’s question, what should be constructed on Ogden & Homan. It’s our time to say what will happen in our neighborhood. Join us and vote with us for The Tapestry. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2tmhYaCeSJ6WN6ZKtpAf9Q
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