More than $650,000 in Grants Strengthen 14 Chicago Nonprofits

Funds will advance affordable homes and sustainable, equitable neighborhoods

CHICAGO (February 19, 2019) – Fourteen Chicago nonprofits have received a total of $668,600 in grants from Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise) to increase the creation and preservation of affordable homes and to support the development of equitable, diverse neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland region. 

The grants are made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Capacity Building for Community Development (Section 4). The program has strengthened low-income urban and rural communities across the nation by providing flexible support to local nonprofit organizations to develop affordable housing, finance small businesses, revitalize commercial corridors, and help address local healthcare, childcare, education, and safety needs

“These grants encourage innovative programs that make well-designed homes affordable and support services that meet critical neighborhood needs,” said Andrew Geer, VP and Midwest market leader, Enterprise. “About $375,000 of the funding is lifting up resident-led solutions that address displacement and inequality by building on the underutilized asset of public transit that are located in Elevated Chicago communities.”

While each dollar of a Section 4 grant must be matched with at least $3 in private funding from individuals, foundations or corporations, a typical dollar of Section 4 funding leverages more than $20 in other support. Since 2010, Enterprise has awarded a total of over $5 million in grants to community development corporation (CDCs) and other non-profit organizations in Chicago.

Six of the grants went to organizations that are part of Elevated Chicago, a partnership committed to changing the systems that have historically held back communities of color from progress, opportunities and development. It focuses on transit-oriented development and is particularly active around these CTA  stations:  Logan Square Blue Line; Kedzie/Lake on the Green Line west branch; Kedzie/Homan Blue Line; California Pink Line; and 51st, Garfield and 63rd/Cottage Grove along the Green Line south branch.

“This is the second year Enterprise has brought Section 4 funding to Elevated Chicago’s partners, and we are very appreciative of their support,” said Roberto Requejo, program director, Elevated Chicago.  ”These grants represent one of the many ways Enterprise fuels and champions our work around transit stations in seven communities.” 

Grants were awarded to:

  • Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) to review the impacts of transportation network ridesharing companies on housing affordability as well as to conduct quantitative research on parking use; CNT will also implement its Climate and Culture Resiliency 2.0 program to improve local climate, economic, and cultural resilience in Elevated Chicago neighborhoods
  • Claretian Associates to develop a partnership with the Chicago Family Health Center to bridge health, housing and social services through a Wellness Center, meeting the needs of low-income, minority seniors and families in South Chicago
  • Garfield Park Community Council to research opportunities and develop projects that bring more health, affordable housing and sustainability initiatives to the East Garfield Park community. 
  • Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation to increase safe, quality, affordable homes in the greater Auburn Gresham community, as well as expansion of senior services and homeownership workshops
  • Housing Opportunity Development Corporation to increase services to low-income, disabled residents in its housing in the cities of Glenview, Evanston and Skokie
  • IFF to lead and implement Kedzie Corridor activities for Elevated Chicago, as well as to begin predevelopment for mixed-used and affordable housing developments near the Kedzie/Homan Station
  • Latinos Progresando to implement the Elevated Chicago California Pink Line Station’s Action Plan in the Marshall Square community, including green space activation, a walkability study and community engagement activities
  • LUCHA to pilot a community land trust in West Logan Square and Hermosa and continue to serve as co-leader of activities around the Blue Line Logan Square station for Elevated Chicago
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago to conduct community stabilization work around the Cottage Grove Green station in Woodlawn
  • North River Commission to advance equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) in Albany Park, including the formation of a stakeholder coalition and site analysis for potential TOD locations with partner Evergreen Real Estate Group
  • Northwest Side Housing Center to build its programs that support homeowners, renters and landlords in Belmont Craigin, including through down payment assistance, home repair loans, and an innovative landlord-tenant matching program
  • Over the Rainbow to expand arts and culture programming for their residents and communities, including the organization’s Gustafson Apartments in Waukegan for adults with physical disabilities
  • The Resurrection Project to complete predevelopment activities for the redevelopment of its St. Vitus Campus, a historically significant community hub at 18th and Paulina streets in the Pilsen neighborhood
  • The Trust for Public Land to create a new model for equitable park development at the west end of The 606 by combining the creation of a public park with the development of affordable housing in West Logan Square 

“This grant will support redevelopment planning  for the Salud Center, a community center dedicated to improving health among youth,” said Angela Hurlock, executive director, Claretian Associates. “Programs will address health risk behaviors, parent-adolescent communication, depression and mental health, violence, physical activity and nutrition.”

For LUCHA, the grant will help prevent resident displacement, preserving neighborhood culture, improving community health and promoting green building.

“LUCHA is taking on the challenge of fighting displacement of working families in the Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town neighborhoods,” said Juan Carlos Linares, executive director, LUCHA. “The Section 4 funds have been instrumental in preserving the Latino identity of these neighborhoods through arts and youth engagement, in supporting our innovative approaches to using affordable housing to improve health, and in creating Illinois' first highly energy efficient Passive House multifamily building.”

About Elevated Chicago
Elevated Chicago is funded by the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), a national initiative calling for cities and regions to find creative solutions in the built environment that produce positive outcomes for racial equity, human health and climate resilience.  SPARCC is a partnership of Enterprise Community Partners, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Funding for SPARCC is provided by the Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information, visit Local funders include the MacArthur Foundation, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust. For more information on Elevated Chicago, visit  

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