Dear Friends,

As many of you know, the Holiday Season is an opportunity for stakeholders, like yourself, to help LUCHA set a new standard for advancing housing as a human right. LUCHA does this by serving over 7,000 clients each year through innovative services and sustainable home ownership and rental opportunities.

Part of LUCHA's mission is to create affordable rental housing for low-income Chicagoresidents.  In light of this, LUCHA is working to complete its Tierra Linda development by the end of 2017.   Tierra Linda will be unique in that it will feature 45 units of green and sustainable design which will also help improve tenants' health and wellness. Tierra Linda will incorporate natural lighting, cost-efficient energy and building control systems, and improved indoor air quality principles.  Residents will also have access to a powerful array of supportive services which advance both individual and family health.

One of the six-flat Tierra Linda buildings will also feature a Passive House - the first of its kind in the Midwest. This Passive House advances LUCHA's commitment to green and sustainable housing by: (1) Employing continuous insulation through the entire building without thermal bridging; (2) Utilizing balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation; and (3) Exploiting/minimizing solar gain. These enhancements lead to increased heating and cooling efficiency - thus contributing to decreased energy costs for renters.  
I hope you'll consider financially supporting LUCHA's work  this Giving Tuesday as a partner in our efforts with Tierra Linda and in all aspects of our mission... a mission which charges us to advance "housing as a human right."  

In Solidarity,

Juan Carlos Linares 
Executive Director


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LUCHA (the Spanish word for "struggle") advances housing as a human right by  empowering communities- particularly the Latino and Spanish-speaking populations- through advocacy, education, affordable housing development, and comprehensive housing services. Please visit to learn more.



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