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Cook County Land Bank Authority

Cook County Land Bank Authority The Official page for the Cook County Land Bank Authority. The purpose of Cook County Land Bank is not only to return vacant and foreclosed property back to active and reliable community assets, but also to be a catalyst to foster quality economic growth and developments that will provide long-term community stabilization, revitalization and preservation through comprehensive strategic planning.

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Thanks to the community partners and developers who joined us for breakfast on Tuesday focusing on planning and developm...
03/10/2022

Thanks to the community partners and developers who joined us for breakfast on Tuesday focusing on planning and development opportunities in Roseland! It was great to see the passion and interest in this wonderful community.

At the Land Bank, we are grateful to work with so many talented women in the trades! We applaud the trailblazers who hav...
03/09/2022

At the Land Bank, we are grateful to work with so many talented women in the trades! We applaud the trailblazers who have not only excelled in this field, but have also paved the way for more women to pursue excellence. #WICWeek2022

In West Woodlawn where many houses sit vacant and abandoned, these five developers have worked through CCLBA to purchase...
03/07/2022

In West Woodlawn where many houses sit vacant and abandoned, these five developers have worked through CCLBA to purchase and redevelop 12 vacant lots in the 6300 block of South Langley Avenue. Collectively, they have rehabbed hundreds of vacant housing units into modern homes in communities like Chatham, Roseland, East Garfield Park and Englewood. Together, their work has created more than $100 million in Black wealth and is generating $1.5 million in annual tax revenue. We're proud to work with these dedicated developers.

Join Landmarks Illinois for #PRESERVATIONFORWARD, honoring local women leaders who are advancing the fields of preservat...
03/04/2022
Preservation Forward | Landmarks Illinois

Join Landmarks Illinois for #PRESERVATIONFORWARD, honoring local women leaders who are advancing the fields of preservation and development. Land Bank Executive Director Eleanor Gorski has been named one of seven 2022 Influencers for her role in improving government response to neighborhoods of need. Congratulations, Eleanor!

Get your #PRESERVATIONFORWARD tickets now:

Landmarks Illinois’ new spring fundraising event celebrating the people redefining preservation.

CCLBA is proud to partner with community developers like Luis Castro of L&MC Investments, who works to make homeownershi...
03/02/2022

CCLBA is proud to partner with community developers like Luis Castro of L&MC Investments, who works to make homeownership affordable in communities like Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Berwyn and East Garfield Park. Luis has acquired multiple properties through the Land Bank and rehabbed them for local residents. "The Land Bank helps make things affordable,” Castro says. “People who have been renting a long time in these areas deserve to have an affordable house.”

Last month, several of the small developers who have rehabbed homes through the Land Bank gathered to support Henry Shel...
03/01/2022

Last month, several of the small developers who have rehabbed homes through the Land Bank gathered to support Henry Shelton, developer of the CCLBA's 1,000th home. We're proud to support the work of these visionary developers whose commitment to community is revitalizing Cook County one property at a time.

CCLBA believes in the power of community developers like Keith Lindsey to transform the neighborhoods they know and love...
02/28/2022

CCLBA believes in the power of community developers like Keith Lindsey to transform the neighborhoods they know and love. We remove the barriers that have historically kept small developers from accessing properties, and they work their magic to turn abandoned eyesores into beautiful homes and small businesses.

The CCLBA works with developers like Sean Harden, who rehab homes and develop vacant lots in their communities and contr...
02/25/2022

The CCLBA works with developers like Sean Harden, who rehab homes and develop vacant lots in their communities and contribute to the beautification of their neighborhoods. Sean and his friend Lamell McMorris recently built houses on eight vacant lots on a block in West Woodlawn, which are now home to families and individuals who are invested in the community.

Bonita Harrison knows when a property has the potential to become a beautiful home and the skills to make it happen. Bon...
02/23/2022

Bonita Harrison knows when a property has the potential to become a beautiful home and the skills to make it happen. Bonita has developed 20 homes through the Land Bank in communities like West Woodlawn, Englewood and Roseland, and her passion and energy for the work she does in her community inspires us every day. Bonita, along with 500+ other community developers, is the face of the Land Bank. We're honored to partner with her.

The Cook County Land Bank Authority exists for community developers like Henry Shelton, developer of the 1,000th home re...
02/22/2022

The Cook County Land Bank Authority exists for community developers like Henry Shelton, developer of the 1,000th home rehabbed through the CCLBA. Henry began working with the Land Bank as a subcontractor and just completed the transformation of his 20th property as the lead developer. The CCLBA removes the barriers, and the developers do the rest: hire people from the neighborhood, put in the hard work, rehab the properties top to bottom, and re-energize the communities they know and love. They are the face of the Land Bank, and we're proud of their skill, talent and dedication every day.

Thanks to ABC 7 Chicago for sharing the inspiring story of the 1,000th home renovated through the Land Bank! We’re proud...
02/22/2022
Cook County Land Bank Authority program celebrates 1,000th renovated home

Thanks to ABC 7 Chicago for sharing the inspiring story of the 1,000th home renovated through the Land Bank! We’re proud to work with local developers like Henry Shelton who create jobs, build community wealth and transform their communities.

Cook County officials celebrated a milestone Wednesday morning on the West Side with the 1,000th renovated home as part of a county-run program.

The racial homeownership gap is the biggest driver of the racial wealth gap. Despite reforms like the Fair Housing Act o...
02/20/2022

The racial homeownership gap is the biggest driver of the racial wealth gap. Despite reforms like the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Black Chicagoans lag behind white and Hispanic Chicagoans when it comes to homeownership—the effects of decades of discriminatory housing and lending practices, according to the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University.

Through programs like Homebuyer Direct, the Land Bank continues to invest in putting homeownership within reach for Black Chicagoans and in Black neighborhoods. #BlackHistoryMonth

Longtime friends Sean Harden and Lamell McMorris are redeveloping nine homes in the same West Woodlawn block to spur nei...
02/19/2022
West Woodlawn undergoes beautiful transformation in partnership with the Cook County Land Bank Authority

Longtime friends Sean Harden and Lamell McMorris are redeveloping nine homes in the same West Woodlawn block to spur neighborhood investment and provide jobs. Where blight once ruled and blocks stood empty, families are moving in and bringing new energy to West Woodlawn.

“We couldn’t have done it without the Cook County Land Bank,” Sean recently told Fox 32 Chicago. We’re proud to support local developers like Sean and Lamell!

Sean Harden from Hard Wright Development talks about their efforts to beautify West Woodlawn and bring more pride to the South Side neighborhood.

This Black History Month we salute the Black Chicagoans, from famous to anonymous, who made the city what it is today. F...
02/18/2022

This Black History Month we salute the Black Chicagoans, from famous to anonymous, who made the city what it is today. From trader John Baptiste Point du Sable, to the thousands of families who moved north during the Great Migration and shaped our city, to the talented developers, builders and small business owners we work with today, we’re proud to support your success. #BlackHistoryMonth

Join the Cook County Land Bank’s Eleanor Gorski and the Dearborn Realtist Board - Chicago Realtist for the 2022 State of...
02/16/2022

Join the Cook County Land Bank’s Eleanor Gorski and the Dearborn Realtist Board - Chicago Realtist for the 2022 State of Black Housing in America. We’re honored to sponsor this event and have participated in this important annual report, “Emerging from the Pandemic Recession,” which examines the homeownership gap and what we can do about it.

Register today: https://bit.ly/SHIBA-2022-STREAMING

Today, we’re celebrating a major milestone: Community developers have transformed 1,000 properties through the Land Bank...
02/16/2022

Today, we’re celebrating a major milestone: Community developers have transformed 1,000 properties through the Land Bank!

By removing barriers to acquiring abandoned properties, the Land Bank helps community developers like Henry Shelton give back to the communities they love. We couldn’t be prouder of the work Henry and hundreds of other developers have done to generate more than $123 million in community wealth through this beautiful West Garfield Park greystone and 999 other properties throughout Cook County.

Pets make a house a home! And thanks to the Land Bank, the Animal Care League of Oak Park will be able to take in even m...
02/04/2022
Animal Care League expands shelter premises - Oak Park

Pets make a house a home! And thanks to the Land Bank, the Animal Care League of Oak Park will be able to take in even more animals on the way to their forever homes. The League recently broke ground on a welcome lobby and adoption center adjacent to its current home to complement its existing services in Oak Park, purchased through the Land Bank in 2019.

Read more in the Wednesday Journal.

Construction is underway on Garfield Street, where crews are building a new welcome center and front-facing adoption center for the Animal Care League (ACL) at 1003 and 1009 Garfield St. Crews broke ground last month, but the transformation of the two buildings is starting to materialize. “The out...

You’re not seeing double this #TransformationThursday: This South Austin stunner has two units so buyers have the option...
01/27/2022

You’re not seeing double this #TransformationThursday: This South Austin stunner has two units so buyers have the option to rent out half. Chris and Kashonda Milliner, who rehabbed this house, say they want each of their houses to be more than a home: “Our projects are focused on our communities—and we plan on selling our properties at affordable prices where we are able to assist homebuyers with closing costs and turn more renters into homeowners."

We are proud to work with local Cook County developers like Chris and Kashonda to reclaim and refresh vacant houses and turn them into beautiful, welcoming homes in our neighborhoods.

A new rails-to-trails proposal would convert the Altenheim Line, an unused railway through East Garfield Park and North ...
01/24/2022
‘Rails to trails’ campaign gets fresh airing on West Side

A new rails-to-trails proposal would convert the Altenheim Line, an unused railway through East Garfield Park and North Lawndale, into an elevated greenway park like The 606. We believe this project will bring welcome development and recreational space to Chicago’s West Side without displacing its neighbors. That’s why the Land Bank is helping redevelop homes and land near the site of this future park. Read more in The Chicago Sun-Times. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/1/24/22894060/althenheim-line-rails-to-trails-campaign-west-side-606

Similar to The 606, the Altenheim Line proposal calls for a greenway along an elevated rail line, except advocates want to avoid pressures for displacement.

Join us and Urban Land Institute Chicago for a webinar tomorrow, January 20, to discuss how our work generates community...
01/19/2022
ULI Chicago Front Stoop Series | Cook County Land Bank: An Incubator for Urban Innovation & Revitalization | ULI St. Louis

Join us and Urban Land Institute Chicago for a webinar tomorrow, January 20, to discuss how our work generates community wealth and makes homeownership more accessible, featuring Executive Director Eleanor Gorski and Vice Chairman Peter Friedman along with Sean Harden of Greenlining Realty USA and Timothy Swanson of Inherent.

Register today! https://stlouis.uli.org/events/detail/E3C7264D-2B9A-4F3B-A898-EC622F7A2599/

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On #MLKDay we remember the King who fought for justice for all, including in housing. In 1966 Dr. King joined Cook Count...
01/17/2022

On #MLKDay we remember the King who fought for justice for all, including in housing. In 1966 Dr. King joined Cook County demonstrations and led marches for fair housing and against discrimination and segregation in Chicago’s neighborhoods. His commitment to “a just and open city” pushed Congress to pass the Fair Housing Act of 1968, though he did not live to see it. The Martin Luther King Living Memorial in Marquette Park (pictured) commemorates these demonstrations. #mlkday2022 #martinlutherkingjr

01/06/2022
Share your story!

Hey homeowner, side lot owner or community partner! Do you own a home, community lot or community center in Cook County? Was that space purchased from the CCLBA or rehabbed by a local developer working with the Land Bank? If so, we want to share your story!

You are living proof of the power and potential in reclaiming vacant space and converting it into equity-generating assets in our communities.

We need you to share your story with us. Please submit a brief 60-second video about how the home or space is impacting your life and the community at www.tribute.co/cclba by Friday, January 28. We look forward to highlighting you!

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Mark your calendars for March 10, 2022, when Landmarks Illinois will host is Preservation Forward event! The spring fundraiser will celebrate Landmarks Illinois’ bold vision for the future of historic preservation and the people redefining preservation! http://ow.ly/uhN650HhA9Z dlapiper Cook County Land Bank Authority Skidmore, Owings & Merrill People for Community Recovery Tonika Lewis Johnson AIA Illinois APMonarch
Did you know that Chicago has one of the highest racial homeownership gaps in the country? DaJuan Robinson and Bonita Harrison may not be in elected office, but they’re working with Commissioner Bridget Gainer and the Cook County Land Bank Authority to expand pathways to homeownership for residents across Chicago. Our #OutOfOffice series highlights folks around Chicago who are proving that public service is for everyone – not just people who run for office. Know someone or an organization you’d like to nominate? DM us or email Koran Addo, our communications director, at [email protected].
***REPOST*** Cook County Land Bank Authority Have you heard? The Cook County Land Bank Authority is offering long-vacant properties throughout Cook County for below market-rate, breaking down barriers that have impeded community-led neighborhood redevelopment. To kick off the program, CCLBA will give away 10 vacant properties to the first 10 successful applicants that are community organizations or neighbors of the parcels. This program will strengthen our communities by transforming vacancy into equity, improving Cook County residents’ quality of life and the economic vibrancy of their neighborhoods. Learn more, explore our available properties and apply at bit.ly/cclbaholiday!
Thank you for your support turning this dream into a reality for the Houlihan family. 🦇 Renovo Financial Cook County Land Bank Authority The Home Depot Josh Lipton - Compass Real Estate Ashur Shiba Josh Lipton Nik Champion Allstate Insurance Agent: Champion Insurance Agency, LLC, Weish4Ever Union Home Mortgage Corp. Union Home Mortgage Foundation Bob Rohrman Lexus of Arlington Rohrman Automotive Group Tim Brigham Branch Manager of The Brigham Team- UHM NMLS 270935 Tim Brigham Junk Remedy G & G Cabinetry TK - Tariq Khwaja Blueleaf Lending
My office is teaming up with the Cook County Land Bank Authority to provide information concerning vacant properties in our area to help realtors, investors, and community residents. Join us for an informative meeting on June 22 at 6 PM to learn how you can become more involved in Community Housing Issues in your area. Register to watch the virtual forum on Community Housing Issues here: cookcountyclerk.com/HousingIssues
Good news from West Woodlawn— Five developers from the neighborhood are building affordable housing on 12 abandoned lots obtained from the Cook County Land Bank Authority.
Animal Care League was excited to host Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as well as many other important officials this weekend to share about the future goals of our organization. ACL was able to purchase an abandoned property next to the current shelter space thanks to the help of the Cook County Land Bank Authority. The purchase of this building will allow us the space to expand our operations and have an even greater impact in the communities that we serve. We were grateful to have a such a wonderful group of leadership visit our shelter and hear about our vision for the future.
Over the weekend I joined the Cook County Land Bank Authority and local officials to urge the passage of the Homeowner Relief and Community Recovery Act. Sponsored by State Rep. Lakesia Collins and State Sen. Steve Stadelman, the legislation will reduce the number of vacant and abandoned properties by making it easier to reclaim homes for homeowners, and it will give local governments the tools to salvage properties. Vacant and abandoned properties hurt whole neighborhoods by creating unsafe conditions and further disinvestment. The Animal Care League building we toured on Saturday demonstrates the positive impact on neighborhoods when we reduce vacancy and redevelop properties to address community needs. I urge state legislators to give Illinois residents the chance to keep their homes and give local governments the tools to turn around vacant and abandoned properties and build safe and prosperous communities.
Last year #covid_19 took the entire world by surprise. It hit business all over very hard… small businesses in general and black businesses in particular. As a direct result we were forced to close our doors. As a Business and Cultural Institution that is based on foot traffic in the international tourism community, we were absolutely negatively impacted and unfortunately forced to temporarily close our doors. Because we are not a line item like many of our fellow Colleagues in the Museum community in City, County, State or federal budgets we did not have a safety net. However, this did not remove our inherited duty to our community. Because we are conveniently located on the Far south side in North Pullman, (Census Tract 5002) neighboring the Roseland community; we serve as a beacon of light to the low income, voiceless, underserved and forgotten community. We are not afforded the luxury of not inspiring or being of service. We are forced to do MORE with LESS, and for the last 26 years we have become accustomed to that and are perfectly fine with it and embrace it. 4 weeks ago our President, David Peterson Jr. decided that as we prepare to reopen this year it was time to talk to the community DIRECTLY! We started a strategic 4 week Community engagement project in North Pullman. The kids are back in school so we wanted to be outside making sure they get home safe and felt inspired as they walk through our neighborhood. The youth listen to our words but watch even closer our actions. Our example is one to sample. We gave away hygiene products and #PPE - took surveys - Signed youth & young adults up for jobs... - Gave out info about expunging youth & young adults criminal records... - Shared information about resources for jobs and training programs... - And talked to Community members about their needs and wants for a better community. Our goal was to become ALOT more aggressive with making sure we did our part to make sure our community gets the services and attention they need. In addition, we were able to engage the 5th district Police department to ensure there was more of a presence in the community to make safety and safe passage for youth a priority. We all know unfortunately in the City of Chicago warm weather doesn’t only welcome good times. So our method is to get in front of the problem as much as possible by being proactive. Now that we’ve listened, looked and learned, we’re one step closer to opening and much more informed of the needs of our immediate and surrounding community and ready to join our community partners in getting back to a sense of normalcy. Stay tuned everyone!!! The Best is yet to come!!!! #SoundTheAlarm 🚨 #OnePullman #CEDEP2020 #PullmanPorters #PullmanPorterMuseum #InvestSouthWest #WeWillChicago Cc: Pullman National Monument, National Park Service Far South Chicago Coalition Butler College Prep Chicago Federation of Labor Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives State Rep. Nicholas "Nick" Smith Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. Robin Kelly Dr. Robin Kelly Lori Lightfoot Toni Preckwinkle JB Pritzker Chicago Mayor's Office Chicago Department of Housing Chicago Department of Buildings City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development IBEW Local 134 Cook County Land Bank Authority Cook County Government My Block, My Hood, My City Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - Great Lakes Region MacArthur Foundation Black Bench Chicago National Park Service National Park Foundation The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
We love when Pullman's rich history is preserved and spun into a new, forward-looking story that benefits our entire community. Today we celebrate the start of restoration of the last 35 unoccupied homes in Pullman’s historic district! Vacant for decades, these row houses' architectural character and historic significance will be preserved, and they will once again be the affordable, single-family homes they once were, thanks to investment by the City of Chicago, Cook County Land Bank Authority, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Area Wide Realty.
Let's change the narrative on our vacant lots and abandoned buildings from drain to asset. A reformed Scavenger Sale could mean infill opportunities for different types of community developers, from emerging Black and Latinx real estate developers to community-based organizations looking for creative solutions on the land. Through our Catalyzing Neighborhood Investment strategy, The Chicago Community Trust is proud to support this critical study by The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Center for Municipal Finance. We commend Board Commissioner Bridget Gainer and the Cook County Land Bank Authority for being champions of this reform. Read the report: https://bit.ly/3sVD9rQ
CU's Renters Organizing Ourselves To Stay (ROOTS) initiative have been working to prevent displacement of low-income families through developing a model to preserve affordable housing, especially with our two- to four-flat buildings in neighborhoods across Chicago. Working with our development partners @CeladonHoldings and elected officials like 33rd Ward Alderwoman Rossana Rodríguez, we created 50 brand new affordable housing units and we are preserving existing buildings by rehabbing these apartments and keeping them affordable as well! That means 225 additional units will be coming back in Albany Park as affordable housing units! #ROOTS #AffordableHousing Enterprise Community Partners Jan Schakowsky Cook County Land Bank Authority Chicago Housing Authority https://news.wttw.com/2021/03/25/affordable-housing-development-albany-park-heads-city-council