Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Lugenia Burns Hope Center "It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot". A 501c3 Non Profit Organization: STAFF: Executive Director - Roderick Wilson The Lugenia Burns Hope Center was founded in 1994, by our country's most well known community organizer, President Barack Obama and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Centers for New Horizon’s CEO, Dr. Sokoni Karanja.

Mission: Our mission is to develop the civic engagement of residents in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and surrounding communities, through education, leadership development and community organizing.

Lift The Ban Coalition
08/20/2020

Lift The Ban Coalition

08/18/2020
Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Day 2 of Occupation, Rev. Jones is arrested for a peaceful protest on advocating for the protection of renters during pandemic.

Hope Center Board Member, Rev. Robert Jones of Mt. Carmel MB Church arrested for peaceful protest at Daley Plaza. Chicago Residents were there to call on the state to protect millions of Illinois renters by canceling rent, canceling mortgages and lifting the ban on rent control during pandemic. This health crisis will soon turn into a housing crisis with hundred of thousands being evicted if we don’t enact responsible policy now!!

08/18/2020

Hope Center Board Member, Rev. Robert Jones of Mt. Carmel MB Church arrested for peaceful protest at Daley Plaza. Chicago Residents were there to call on the state to protect millions of Illinois renters by canceling rent, canceling mortgages and lifting the ban on rent control during pandemic. This health crisis will soon turn into a housing crisis with hundred of thousands being evicted if we don’t enact responsible policy now!!

Lift The Ban Coalition
08/18/2020

Lift The Ban Coalition

Day 2 of our occupation begins. Get down to Daley Plaza at 10.

People United for Action
08/17/2020

People United for Action

Thousands of our neighbors all across Chicago & IL have been displaced by rent that's too high & now face homelessness due to the FAILURE of @GovPritzker to take action! @LTBcoalition https://bit.ly/LTBRALLY
#LiftTheBan on Rent Control
#CancelRent #CancelMortgages

Hope Center and organizations from the Black Leaders Building 2gether Coalition fight to save Mercy and St. Anthony Hosp...
08/12/2020

Hope Center and organizations from the Black Leaders Building 2gether Coalition fight to save Mercy and St. Anthony Hospital in the midst of a global Pandemic

Join the Lugenia Burns Hope Center to get information on a new ordinance to help ensure public dollars for housing are u...
07/29/2020

Join the Lugenia Burns Hope Center to get information on a new ordinance to help ensure public dollars for housing are used effectively during this pandemic.

Hope Center Leaders at today’s Hope Project.  Today we distributed Masks, sanitizer, bleach, tissue, paper towels, soap,...
07/23/2020

Hope Center Leaders at today’s Hope Project. Today we distributed Masks, sanitizer, bleach, tissue, paper towels, soap, dish soap and hand soap to over 300 Bronzeville residents. Thanks to our partners St. Paul CME Church, Mt. Pisgah MB Church, St. James Catholic Church, Drake Elementary School LSC and Dearborn Homes LAC.

Lugenia Burns Hope Center
07/07/2020

Lugenia Burns Hope Center

The Hope Center’s mutual aid project with community partners.

The Hope Center’s mutual aid project with community partners.
07/07/2020

The Hope Center’s mutual aid project with community partners.

Housing advocates fear eviction boom, urge Gov. Pritzker to cancel rent, mortgage payments
07/01/2020
Housing advocates fear eviction boom, urge Gov. Pritzker to cancel rent, mortgage payments

Housing advocates fear eviction boom, urge Gov. Pritzker to cancel rent, mortgage payments

Kiisha Smith, 43, of Austin, worries many people will become homeless because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She banded together with other families to help each other navigate the looming evictions. "I have at least six families who are petrified because what are they going to do," she said.

05/31/2020

Tomorrow is the first and rent is due. The frustration of our community will grow even more if we have to worry about where will our families stay after the pandemic.

05/28/2020

ANOTHER Realtor violates empty housing pledge of Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker’s moratorium on evictions. In addition to violating the federal law of the Cares program. The indifference of city and state government that allows this to continue is shameful.

Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions
05/21/2020
Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions

Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions

At the corporate office of Atlas Asset management in the West Loop.The group says it wants atlas to uphold the "housing solidarity pledge" it signed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

05/21/2020

Lift The Ban Coalition exposes another management company violating city’s housing pledge and federal law with illegal evictions.

Thanks to all the Hope Center leaders that made our mutual aid project a success yesterday.  Hope Center brought togethe...
05/15/2020

Thanks to all the Hope Center leaders that made our mutual aid project a success yesterday. Hope Center brought together a multigenerational group of volunteers to distribute personal protective equipment for 5 senior buildings and 1 public Housing Development. We distributed over 4000 gloves, over 1000 masks and gallons of sanitizer and other health/hygiene products for Bronzeville area residents. Thanks to Mt. Carmel MB Church, the Dearborn Homes Local Advisory Council and The Drake Elementary School Local School Council for partnering with us on this project.

We are launching our mutual aid project this Thursday.  We are focusing on giving personal protective equipment and heal...
05/12/2020

We are launching our mutual aid project this Thursday. We are focusing on giving personal protective equipment and health supplies (masks, gloves, sanitizer, soap, tissue). We will deliver to senior buildings and public housing developments in Bronzeville.

Housing advocates hold rent protest at Daley Plaza
04/30/2020
Housing advocates hold rent protest at Daley Plaza

Housing advocates hold rent protest at Daley Plaza

CHICAGO — Housing advocates gathered outside Daley Plaza Thursday to voice concern about the city and state’s response to renters during the coronavirus pandemic. Motorists circled around the plaza…

04/30/2020

Lift the Ban Coalition calls on Governor to use his emergency powers to protect Illinois residents from the the inevitable housing crisis.

BREAKING: Legal memo says Gov. Pritzker has the emergency authority to lift the ban on rent control & enact rent/mortgag...
04/30/2020
BREAKING: Legal memo says Gov. Pritzker has the emergency authority to lift the ban on rent control & enact rent/mortgage holidays – Lift the Ban

BREAKING: Legal memo says Gov. Pritzker has the emergency authority to lift the ban on rent control & enact rent/mortgage holidays – Lift the Ban

BREAKING: Legal memo says Gov. Pritzker has the emergency authority to lift the ban on rent control & enact rent/mortgage holidays Read the published opinion detailing the governor’s powers here: Rent Control In An Emergency An Assessment of State Laws Providing Gubernatorial Authority to Remove L...

The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
04/22/2020

The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

Are you or your neighbors struggling to pay rent? Demand that @govpritzker use his emergency powers to lift the ban on rent control and enact a rent holiday now. #rentfreezenow

Hope Center leader Etta Davis speaks at her hospital, Mercy on the Southside.  Mercy and 3 other hospitals in the Black ...
04/20/2020

Hope Center leader Etta Davis speaks at her hospital, Mercy on the Southside. Mercy and 3 other hospitals in the Black Community was planned to close this year. COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily stopped it. But what happens when the pandemic is over do we go back to accepting health care inequities in the Black Community?

CHA is not only hoarding money but now 2000 units of housing in a city that has thousand of homeless.  CHA needs to be r...
03/24/2020

CHA is not only hoarding money but now 2000 units of housing in a city that has thousand of homeless. CHA needs to be regulated. Support #Homes4All ordinance. #Developments4All

For Immediate Release-

Amidst COVID-19 crisis and need for housing for the most vulnerable, CHA sits on 2,000 vacant public housing units

The Chicago Housing Initiative Coalition calls on Mayor Lightfoot to immediately use 2,000 vacant CHA public housing units to house people experiencing homelessness in order to self-isolate, quarantine, and reduce further spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the Coalition calls for a pathway to rent & mortgage payment forgiveness, and a ban on new eviction and foreclosure filings, for people affected by COVID-19 to prevent precariously housed people from falling newly into homelessness.


WHAT: The Chicago Housing Initiative Coalition released a statement today responding to Mayor Lightfoot’s most recent press conference, in order to offer up additional emergency housing responses urgently needed to help save lives of people experiencing homelessness and safeguard the public’s health amidst the COVID-19 crisis.


WHY: Being homeless has never been more dangerous - and solving homelessness never more urgent - than today.


CHICAGO---- The City of Chicago’s most recent formal point-in-time homeless count indicates at least 5,290 Chicagoans live in mass congregate shelters or unsheltered on the streets. These individuals are unable to “shelter-in-place” and live under crowded, congregate settings that make it close to impossible to comply with CDC recommendations for social distancing, despite the heroic efforts of shelter providers. These conditions put thousands of peoples’ lives at risk, most immediately the lives of those living and working within shelters. However, in this era of heightened interconnectedness, we must collectively acknowledge that- now more than ever- we all have a self-interest in ensuring our City responds humanely, compassionately and swiftly to help those facing housing crisis.



Amidst a homelessness crisis that has taken on unprecedented urgency, the Chicago Housing Authority’s most recent quarterly report reveals close to 2,000 long-term vacant public housing units, ready and available for occupancy across the CHA’s public housing portfolio. This supply of affordable housing is available right now and already paid for via federal housing funds and contracts. This is an opportunity for the Mayor to provide permanent, affordable housing to the most vulnerable at no cost to the city. The Chicago Housing Initiative calls upon Mayor Lightfoot to immediately lease these vacant CHA units to individuals and families experiencing homelessness to safeguard their health, and the health of all Chicagoans alongside them.



The Chicago Housing Initiative applauds the steps announced yesterday by Mayor Lightfoot’s Administration:

**** To secure 1,000 hotel rooms as quarantine housing to enable people diagnosed with COVID-19 to self-isolate.

**** To begin to address the systematically crowded conditions within homeless shelters by expanding the shelter network and number of beds available, to start to allow more shelter guests and shelter workers to practice baseline measures of social-distancing, such as having shelter beds placed at least 6 feet apart.



However, CHA’s practice of leaving thousands of quality public housing units vacant persistently---- already an indefensible practice before the COVID crisis--- must end immediately. The 2,000 vacant CHA apartments must be one of our City’s first lines of emergency response to the dire circumstances facing shelter guests, shelter workers, and shelter administrators.



Honni Harris, a former resident of the Pacific Garden Mission shelter explains, “I fell on hard times last year and had to go live in Pacific Garden Mission. It was hell. We were 300 women who had to congregate and sleep in one big room, with only two showers to accommodate all of us. Despite their best efforts, the guards and the workers were out of their element. They didn't have the resources or training to deal with what the residents were going through. As much as they tried to keep the shelter clean, I got an infection and had to go to the emergency room. That was before COVID-19 and before all the volunteers that homeless shelters rely upon had to self-quarantine and dropped off. I can only imagine the conditions and the risks now. To perpetuate those conditions is not safe for any of us, either for the homeless or for those staffing the shelters.”



Immuno-compromised populations face greater risk of death if infected by COVID-19, and are also often forced into crowded congregate institutions like nursing homes due merely to a lack of affordable housing. These populations must also be prioritized for immediate access to these vacant CHA public housing units. Angela Lacey, a leader with Access Living who was recently living in a nursing home for recovery after a surgery explains the health risks and current conditions, “It would be terrible to get sick in one of these nursing homes. Staff use the same gloves on every surface and people live so close together. COVID-19 would spread like wildfire at first exposure and the result would be death for many.”



The CHI Coalition calls upon the Mayor to direct the Chicago Department of Public Health to create a framework to triage access to CHA’s vacant public housing units to income-eligible residents of homeless shelters, tent encampments, nursing homes and other congregate living facilities to prioritize the most vulnerable residents’ in congregate living environments in a systematic way likely to save the most lives. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates a need for at least 2,800 units of isolation housing for people living on the streets and in vulnerable categories in Chicago’s shelters. While not a sufficient solution alone, the CHA's vacant housing stock could go a long way towards meeting these dire worst-case housing needs.



In addition to the above, we must also take action to prevent already precariously housed people from becoming newly homeless. As we all know, an increasing number of Chicagoans who live paycheck to paycheck are experiencing layoffs and severe pay cuts due to the necessary business and facility closures mandated by the Mayor, Governor, and President to contain the spread of COVID-19.



While the CHI Coalition whole-heartedly applauds Chief Judge Timothy Evans’s measures to temporarily slow down the pace of evictions and foreclosures, pressing “pause” on the process through April 15th is nowhere near enough. Evictions can still be filed, irreparably damaging the credit of homeowners and renters who may therefore face extreme difficulty renting a new apartment in the short-term or taking out a loan. Furthermore, since the temporary moratorium ends April 15th, tenants and small owners unable to make rent or mortgage payments by April 1 could still end up in eviction court during the middle of this health crisis. To mitigate an increase to homelessness, we call for an indefinite amnesty on payments of rents and mortgages by those impacted by COVID-19, and automatic lease extensions for those unable to move. The CHI Coalition echoes the call made by Chicago United Working Families yesterday for “an indefinite moratorium on evictions, halt to all court hearings and filings for evictions and foreclosures, and waiving of the collection of all rent, mortgage, and utility payments” for individuals who have been thrown into economic crisis by the COVID-19 outbreaks. Officials must find immediate housing for all those who are homeless and unable to self-quarantine, starting with the swift lease-up of CHA’s 2,000 vacant homes. (See screenshot of CHA’s most recent report on vacancies, page 7, within its public housing stock below).

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Communities United on Twitter
02/20/2020
Communities United on Twitter

Communities United on Twitter

““We are calling on you @chicagosmayor to pass a strong and powerful ordinance, one that the people of South Engelwood and all Chicago can be proud of!” #GAPAnow #PoliceAccountability”

02/15/2020
LSC’s.4.ALL- The Gathering today at NTA.  If you are interested or have questions about Local School Councils please con...
02/15/2020

LSC’s.4.ALL- The Gathering today at NTA. If you are interested or have questions about Local School Councils please contact us at our New Hotline (707)LSC-4ALL (573-4255).

09/25/2019
Chicago Housing Initiative

Chicago Housing Initiative

11 plaintiffs in a fair housing lawsuit against the City of Chicago release a report today to @chicagosmayor regarding steps to settle the Complaint. Watch the livestream now.

Chicago Housing Initiative
09/12/2019

Chicago Housing Initiative

Fueled by love for our City and a commitment to radical neighborliness, the CHI Coalition crew was down at City Hall this morning to express our enthusiasm for two affordable housing policies we want to see pass after years and years of dedicated organizing and dialogue! We have high hopes and expectations for the #NewAdministration --- that it might be brave and visionary enough to help us bring new light to old problems. Please join us in advocating for the passage of the #HomesforAll Ordinance and #DevelopmentforAll Ordinance. Together, these policies will help bring about the kind of change Chicago just voted for!--- ***Access to affordable housing for thousands more families, ***A city with better opportunities for all, *** A city taking genuine action to protect individuals and families facing displacement, and ***Real reduction to the segregation of people and resources that has plagued us for decades, to which we owe a great and unpaid collective burden of repair.

Stay tuned for further actions and updates and direct message us if you want to get more active in this campaign!

We remain grateful for the leadership and partnership of Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez for the 25th Ward, Chris Taliaferro - 29th Ward Alderman, Alderman La Spata 1st Ward, Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza, 10th Ward, Alderman Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward Chicago, 33rd Ward Alderman, Alderman Roberto Maldonado Office, Alderman Matt Martin - 47th Ward, Alderwoman Jeanette B. Taylor 20th ward, Alderwoman Maria Hadden, Alderperson Michael D. Rodriguez, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, and celebrate new or returning sponsors including Alderman Derrick G. Curtis, Alderman Howard B Brookins Jr, Felix Cardona Jr, 31st Ward Alderman, Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer, Alderman Pat Dowell, Alderman David Moore, and Alderman Michele Smith, Alderman Sophia King.

Fingers crossed, all, for updates we hope about getting on track for a Hearing and Vote from Housing Committee Chairman Harry Osterman 48th Ward - Community Page, our bold new Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara, and most of all the Mayor we all have high hopes and expectations for Lori Lightfoot.

Let's get it done, Chicago!

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GET INVOLVED!: 1. Leadership Development Classes 2. Housing Bronzeville - An Affordable Homeownership Campaign 3. Bronzeville Clergy Caucas 4. Bronzeville Senior Collective 5. Voter Education & Registration COLLABORATIONS 1. Southside Organizers Summit (S.O.S.) 2. Chicago Housing Initiative

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MTO/CUL co-hosted event:
Roderick Wilson, of the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, a grassroots nonprofit that works with CHA residents, isn’t happy with the new numbers. He said public housing residents were told their buildings would be demolished and replaced with one-third market rate units, one-third affordable housing units, and one-third public housing units. “That’s what they sold us,” he said. “ And they haven’t done that. Now they’re trying to renege [and] renegotiate that third of public housing and I don’t think that’s right.”,FROM:https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/cha-to-add-more-mixedincome-housing-in-bronzeville/4d155fb8-d856-4271-ac71-16282fb8d577 "