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
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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 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. 🦇
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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 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
- 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
- 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!!!!
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Far South Chicago Coalition
Butler College Prep
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
State Rep. Nicholas "Nick" Smith
Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Dr. Robin Kelly
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
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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - Great Lakes Region
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 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!
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