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.

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we're proud to spotlight the achievements of EJ Williams, Co-Founder of Ultimate Real Estate Gr...
02/18/2021

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we're proud to spotlight the achievements of EJ Williams, Co-Founder of Ultimate Real Estate Group LLC and one of the first developers to ever work with the Land Bank on revitalizing blighted properties. ⁠

“It feels good to go into neighborhoods that I grew up in or may have known a family or had a friend who lived there and say: ‘I changed the way this block looks.’ A board-up or a home that was set for demolition, now has a family there creating memories,” Williams said. “Everyone eats and gets to benefit from this model.”⁠

We're proud to work with local, community developers who have equitable visions for our communities.

We're incredibly proud to support the ASPIRE Initiative, an effort to invest in local assets so Austin residents of all ...
02/18/2021

We're incredibly proud to support the ASPIRE Initiative, an effort to invest in local assets so Austin residents of all ages will have access to education and economic opportunities, by working with By the Hand, Austin Coming Together and Westside Health Authority to transform these vacant lots and build affordable housing, a community health center, and an early childhood development campus over the next two to three years.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we're proud to spotlight the achievements of Asiaha Butler, community leader and founder of Res...
02/12/2021

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we're proud to spotlight the achievements of Asiaha Butler, community leader and founder of Residents Association of Greater Englewood, known as R.A.G.E.⁠

Asiaha has fearlessly spearheaded a Buy Back the Block initiative that is helping renters become homeowners in her neighborhood. ⁠

“It’s not just about purchasing a property in Englewood. We want it to be owner-occupied so that we can create some pathways to wealth,” Butler said.⁠

We're proud to work with local, community developers who have equitable visions for our communities. Read more about Asiaha at the link in our bio.

Vacant lots, abandoned property and blight are roadblocks to economic development and wealth creation in our communities...
02/11/2021

Vacant lots, abandoned property and blight are roadblocks to economic development and wealth creation in our communities. ⁠

This is an issue of equity, housing and undoing decades of discriminatory policy that has locked our residents out of opportunities for homeownership. The effects of redlining are as present today as ever.⁠

We were incredibly proud to partner with Alderman Tillman and Calumet City to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant, abandoned, foreclosed, or tax-delinquent properties and get the vacant lots back on the property tax roll.

Our next local #BlackDeveloper that we're proud to spotlight for #BlackHistoryMonth is Nicole Harper!⁠⁠Nicole has helped...
02/09/2021

Our next local #BlackDeveloper that we're proud to spotlight for #BlackHistoryMonth is Nicole Harper!⁠

Nicole has helped reclaim and renew blighted properties in Belmont-Cragin and made homeownership more attainable for families in Bridgeport. She has also invested in Austin and Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, in the western suburbs of Brookfield, Berwyn, Elmwood Park and Maywood, and in southwest suburban Oak Lawn.⁠

“The people at the Land Bank have been really⁠
wonderful. They offer the best support, the best services. It’s a really good partnership for me.”⁠

Nicole was nominated as our 2018 and 2019 Westside Developer of the Year for her outstanding community work.

Our next local #BlackDeveloper that we're proud to spotlight for #BlackHistoryMonth is Keith Ray of Rayland Development!...
02/05/2021

Our next local #BlackDeveloper that we're proud to spotlight for #BlackHistoryMonth is Keith Ray of Rayland Development! ⁠

In 2019, Rayland Development was honored as the #CCLBA Developer of the Year and the #CCLBA West Side Developer of the year. Keith was honored for his exemplary leadership, commitment to community and innovation. Keith and Rayland Development have renovated five of the CCLBA’s most challenging properties and built two new single‐family homes on vacant land owned by the Land Bank. ⁠

By working with the Land Bank to remove blighted properties in the Austin, East Garfield Park, South Shore and Belmont Cragin communities, he's helping raise home values and make homeownership more accessible for our Cook County residents.

A century ago, the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a mecca for Black entrepreneurs looking to expand their in...
02/04/2021

A century ago, the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a mecca for Black entrepreneurs looking to expand their investments, including into residential and commercial real estate. ⁠

But on May 31, 1921, a horde of White Oklahomans, angered by the success of the Black community, killed at least 75 people and destroyed $1.5M in property, equivalent to over $20M in today’s dollars. The Jim Crow era, followed by discriminatory zoning and lending policies, all but barred Black property investment. ⁠

These disparities are overwhelmingly driven by the racial homeownership gap. According to experts, property ownership, home ownership and commercial real estate are key to closing the wealth gap.⁠

Read more from @bisnow at the link in our bio.

Happy Black History Month from the #CCLBA! Black History Month has a particular resonance here at the Land Bank as we ar...
02/02/2021

Happy Black History Month from the #CCLBA! Black History Month has a particular resonance here at the Land Bank as we are more aware than ever about the long lasting effects that redlining and discriminatory practices have had on the rates of homeownership in our communities.

This month, we’re thrilled to celebrate the Black developers throughout Cook County who are making a difference for our County’s residents.

South Side developer Keith Lindsey rehabbed a six-unit Englewood building to create discounted housing for veterans in honor of his father, a veteran who recently passed away.

We are proud to support the work Keith does and honor his commitment to our communities.

01/28/2021

Thank you to everyone who has worked with us to increase homeownership and community wealth in Black and Latinx neighborhoods by transforming vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties into homes and businesses. Over the past 8 years, we’ve been proud to generate about $95 million in community wealth. We couldn’t have done it without our partners.

“No two land banks look alike because no two local markets look alike,” Rose said. “Every land bank has its own unique a...
01/21/2021

“No two land banks look alike because no two local markets look alike,” Rose said. “Every land bank has its own unique area of focus because markets are specific to that area.”⁠

In Cook County, the #CCLBA was formed due to a need to have an organization composed of representatives of multiple departments affiliated with land acquisition, including a law department, planning and development department and housing authority.⁠

Read more about the need for Land Banks at the link in our bio.

Today, and every day, we honor and recognize Dr. King's contributions to the ongoing fight for fair and affordable housi...
01/18/2021

Today, and every day, we honor and recognize Dr. King's contributions to the ongoing fight for fair and affordable housing. ⁠

At #CCLBA, we uniquely understand and work to combat the effects of discriminatory practices, such as redlining, on accessible homeownership in our communities.⁠

Read more about Dr. King's housing legacy at the link in our bio.

“It’s a beautiful day to buy flowers, balloons and more.” That’s the greeting you’ll likely hear for the long run when S...
01/11/2021

“It’s a beautiful day to buy flowers, balloons and more.” That’s the greeting you’ll likely hear for the long run when Starnella Johnson, owner of Ambassador Floral, or one of her staff members answers your call.⁠

The future of the floral shop’s home, located at 11035 -47 S. Halsted St. in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, had become uncertain in 2018, as it had in times past. But all that changed when Elisha Sanders, acquisition specialist at the Cook County Land Bank Authority, approached Johnson with an offer she never imagined possible: a chance to become owner of the building that she had rented for 17 years.⁠

The business’ previous owner approached the Land Bank about acquiring the property via deed in lieu of foreclosure; so the Land Bank acquired the property (a single-level storefront building with two doors and an adjacent vacant lot) in September of 2018, extinguished the building’s back property taxes and sold it to Johnson on Jan. 30. 2020 for $25,000.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.

Did you know that the #CCLBA helps return vacant lots to productive use for an affordable price? Check out these images ...
01/07/2021

Did you know that the #CCLBA helps return vacant lots to productive use for an affordable price?

Check out these images from Woodlawn Pointe, an oversized vacant lot that was converted into 3 beautiful homes.

@greenliningrealtyusa is working to reverse the historically damaging effects of redlining in traditionally underserved and distressed communities.

We are proud to work with local, community developers that, through both refreshing vacant properties and creating new homes on vacant land, celebrate the history of Woodlawn and are dedicated to keeping Woodlawn thriving for decades to come.

According to a new study by @zillow, the gap between the value of Black-owned homes and the value of the region’s homes ...
01/06/2021

According to a new study by @zillow, the gap between the value of Black-owned homes and the value of the region’s homes overall is bigger in Chicago than in any of the other 10-largest U.S. metropolitan areas.⁠

Typical Black-owned homes in the Chicago area are worth about 37 percent less than typical homes in the market overall. This trend, which is rooted in Chicago's deep history of segregation, is compounded by modern factors such as the current appraisal process.⁠

At the #CCLBA, we are proud to make homeownership accessible and affordable while putting wealth and equity back into our neighborhoods.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.

“This innovative program will restore or remove abandoned buildings in communities across the state, creating jobs and n...
01/05/2021

“This innovative program will restore or remove abandoned buildings in communities across the state, creating jobs and new housing opportunities for Illinois residents in need.” - Governor JB Pritzker⁠

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Board recently approved $10 million in funding for the Strong Communities Program (SCP), an initiative that will provide funding to 68 units of local governments and land bank authorities for the acquisition, maintenance, rehabilitation and demolition of abandoned residential properties in their communities. ⁠

As a result, the SCP will help address local affordable housing needs and community revitalization efforts for many local governments that lack the capital needed to tackle this blight.⁠

Read more about the impact of land banks and this plan at the link in our bio!

01/04/2021

Last week, we had the honor and pleasure of announcing our Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway winners. Check out this behind the scenes footage of our Executive Director @rob_rose92 calling our winners to let them know they’ve received $25,000 to put toward their rent or mortgage payments.

Congratulations to each winner, and we hope you all had a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

01/01/2021

You heard it here from @cookcountygov Board President @tonipreckwinkle
Wishing each of you a safe and happy new year!

12/29/2020
Announcing CCLBA's 2020 “Home for the Holidays” Rent and Mortgage Relief Giveaway Winners

The Cook County Land Bank Authority believes home ownership is key to revitalizing communities. That’s why so much of what we do at the Land Bank is aimed at increasing the number of homeowners and building community wealth.

For the past three years, the Cook County Land Bank Authority has hosted an annual home giveaway during the holiday season. This year, we are doing something a little different to help more families.

Today, we announce $1,000 in rent or mortgage relief to each of 25 Cook County families. Thanks to an overwhelming response, the Cook County Land Bank had over 12,000 families who registered for our “Home for the Holidays” Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway. We are excited to announce the 25 families that will each receive $1,000 to use towards their rent or mortgage payments this holiday season. Thank you to Cook County Board Commissioner and CCLBA Chairwoman Bridget Gainer, CCLBA Executive Director Rob Rose, and our 2019 Home Giveaway winner Vanessa Johnson who joined us to read the names of our rent and mortgage relief recipients.

The full list of winners is below and can now also be found on our website at CookCountyLandBank.org.

Beatrice Anderson of Chicago

Paris Anderson of Chicago

Birl Cal of Chicago

Carmellia Calmese of Chicago

Thenesia Ceaser of Chicago

Tiffany Dixon of Chicago

Sharnette Fletcher of Chicago

Jaime Harmon of Chicago

Dominique Hudson of Chicago

Kanja Johnson of Chicago

Thelma Johnson of Chicago

Lucille Jordan of Chicago

Denise Malinowski of Northlake

Vicki McCullough of Chicago

Rosalyn Overton of Chicago

Meagan Savage of Chicago

Eusebia Silva of Chicago

Edward Smith of Summit

Tanja Stevenson of Matteson

Renita Trotter of Chicago

Michelle Walker of Steger

Jerrisha White of Chicago

Tanesha White of Chicago

Carrie Williams of Chicago

Jerry Williams of Chicago

Congratulations to today's winners, and season's greetings to all!

12/29/2020
Announcing CCLBA's 2020 “Home for the Holidays” Rent and Mortgage Relief Giveaway Winners

The Cook County Land Bank Authority believes home ownership is key to revitalizing communities. That’s why so much of what we do at the Land Bank is aimed at increasing the number of homeowners and building community wealth.

For the past three years, the Cook County Land Bank Authority has hosted an annual home giveaway during the holiday season. This year, we are doing something a little different to help more families.

Today, we announce $1,000 in rent or mortgage relief to each of 25 Cook County families. Thanks to an overwhelming response, the Cook County Land Bank had over 12,000 families who registered for our “Home for the Holidays” Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway. We are excited to announce the 25 families that will each receive $1,000 to use towards their rent or mortgage payments this holiday season. Thank you to Cook County Board Commissioner and CCLBA Chairwoman Bridget Gainer, CCLBA Executive Director Rob Rose, and our 2019 Home Giveaway winner Vanessa Johnson who joined us to read the names of our rent and mortgage relief recipients.

The full list of winners is below and can now also be found on our website at CookCountyLandBank.org.

Beatrice Anderson of Chicago

Paris Anderson of Chicago

Birl Cal of Chicago

Carmellia Calmese of Chicago

Thenesia Ceaser of Chicago

Tiffany Dixon of Chicago

Sharnette Fletcher of Chicago

Jaime Harmon of Chicago

Dominique Hudson of Chicago

Kanja Johnson of Chicago

Thelma Johnson of Chicago

Lucille Jordan of Chicago

Denise Malinowski of Northlake

Vicki McCullough of Chicago

Rosalyn Overton of Chicago

Meagan Savage of Chicago

Eusebia Silva of Chicago

Edward Smith of Summit

Tanja Stevenson of Matteson

Renita Trotter of Chicago

Michelle Walker of Steger

Jerrisha White of Chicago

Tanesha White of Chicago

Carrie Williams of Chicago

Jerry Williams of Chicago

Congratulations to today's winners, and season's greetings to all!

12/29/2020

Today's the day! We're ready to make a big announcement that you don't want to miss. Be sure to tune in at 4:30 pm today when we share the winners of the Cook County Land Bank Authority's Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who entered our Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway!  As more and more folks ar...
12/21/2020

Thank you to everyone who entered our Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway! As more and more folks are spending the holidays at home, the Land Bank wants to ensure that home is a safe, joyful place to be. Winners will be announced on December 29th!

We are wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

Today is the LAST DAY to enter the Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway! This year, we’re giving away ...
12/17/2020

Today is the LAST DAY to enter the Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway! This year, we’re giving away over $25k to help Cook County residents this holiday season! Each winner will receive $1,000 towards their rent or mortgage payments. ⁠

Visit the link in our bio to enter for a chance at winning money to pay your rent or mortgage.

What are things the land bank wants to see on applications for new applicants?⁠⁠Executive Director Rob Rose joined @suci...
12/17/2020

What are things the land bank wants to see on applications for new applicants?⁠

Executive Director Rob Rose joined @sucipodcast & @gcrealtyanddev to discuss #CCLBA's acquisition process, commitment to neighborhoods, unique ability to wipe out liens, and how you can engage with CCLBA.⁠

Visit the link in our bio to listen in and learn more!⁠

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After over 10 arduous years of trying, the Animal Care League (ACL) has successfully purchased the dilapidated building ...
12/15/2020

After over 10 arduous years of trying, the Animal Care League (ACL) has successfully purchased the dilapidated building at 1009 Garfield St., which sits directly between three other ACL-owned properties.⁠
Once renovated, the building will serve as an extension of the ACL’s animal adoption and care services.⁠

“This is vacant, abandoned, tax delinquent property. We clear the title of the property and then make them available at below market prices to investors, developers, homeowners, business owners and nonprofit organizations,” said CCLBA Executive Director Rob Rose.⁠

CCLBA sells their properties not to the highest bidder, but to the people and organizations looking to rehabilitate the property into a productive end use.⁠

“We want to take the time to make sure we get the right person, the right group into that property because that’s going to lead to long-term sustainability,” said Rose.⁠

#CCLBA is proud to make property more accessible and affordable for local businesses that add so much value to our communities.⁠

Visit the link in our bio to learn more.

12/15/2020

There’s only 3 days left to enter the Home for the Holidays: Rent & Mortgage Relief Giveaway! This year, we’re giving away over $25k to help Cook County residents this holiday season! Each winner will receive $1,000 towards their rent or mortgage payments. ⁠

Visit the link in our bio to enter for a chance at winning money to pay your rent or mortgage. Entries close on December 17th!⁠

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So proud of Cook County Land Bank what they are doing for the communities in Chicago. One thing to talk about it; another to do something. All the houses are turn into beautiful quality Homes.that are given to well-deserved recipients......Job-Well-done.
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