In 2018, LUCHA partnered with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and Chicago United for Equity (CUE) to conduct a Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) proposed Complete Streets project for North Milwaukee Avenue from Logan Square to Belmont. An REIA is a nationally-tested, community-driven process that identifies which groups are most likely to benefit from and which will be burdened by a particular project, then proposes strategies for ensuring equitable outcomes. To advance the project with a racial equity lens, proposed recommendations include the creation and preservation of affordable, family-sized housing, such as that proposed on the Emmett Street lot. Click here to read the full REIA.
Closing out National Fair Housing Month, LUCHA hosted partners in housing advocacy and legal services at the National Public Housing Museum. As part of the affair, Executive Director Juan Carlos Linares accepted an award presentation per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s Fair Housing Initiatives Program, through which LUCHA has been granted $125,000 to further fair housing advocacy, education and legal services. In addition, we facilitated access to the incredible Designing the WE’s “Undesign the Redline” exhibit, sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners. The interactive exhibit narrates the history of redlining and its long-lasting impact via resident stories and data maps and invites audiences to invent future equitable interventions to undesign the legacy of redlining.
Thank you to our partners who continue to invest in the cause of fair, sustainable and affordable housing for our communities!
Recognized for his organizational leadership and his efforts as an affordable housing advocate, LUCHA’s Executive Director, Juan Carlos Linares, is currently serving on Mayor-Elect Lightfoot’s Housing Transition Committee. As Committee Co-Chair, Juan Carlos is promoting LUCHA’s mission to advance housing as a human right to help shape the Mayor-Elect’s housing priorities, forthcoming policies and resource allocation procedures.
LUCHA is a long-standing, community-based organization with a legacy of grassroots organizing and community-driven development; as such, we place high value on civic engagement and representation. With all of the new changes coming to City Hall in a few weeks’ time, we will continue to champion our communities’ best interest in our dealings with local and city offices.
LUCHA is seeking a qualified landscape construction firm to provide green stormwater infrastructure construction services.
Please visit our website for more information and to apply!
LUCHA and LSNA seek artists, designers, architects for a site-responsive, community engaged public art project in Logan Square. Artists who are residents of the Logan Square community are encouraged to apply. Artists will receive a stipend of $4,000 to complete the project design, with $5,000 budgeted for materials and project installation, including fabrication costs.
Please visit our website for more information and to apply!
Last year, LUCHA, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and the Dill Pickle Food Co-op partnered with local residents and talented artists to install a public mural as part of Elevated Chicago, the local expression of the nationwide SPARCC initiative. In continuation of this work, LUCHA and partners have released a call for proposals to complete another public art project and a stormwater management project.
In February, we celebrated the continued investment of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) in support of the rehabilitation for LUCHA’s single-room occupancy (SRO) building, Humboldt Park Residence (HPR). The project has taken another step toward fruition! On March 12th, LUCHA and partners presented to the Community Development Commission (CDC), which unanimously approved the projects’ use of $3.8 million in Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) funds. City Council will determine final approval of the funds.
As Humboldt Park and surrounding areas experience gentrification and increasing displacement pressures, HPR continues to meet a critical need for housing affordability and accessibility bridged with resident engagement and community-building. Speaking to the significance of HPR in her life, resident Betty Cooper remarked, “It’s a real community over here, you know?”
Stay tuned as we move the HPR rehabilitation project forward in pursuit of advancing housing as a human right!
As an affiliate member of UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza), LUCHA’s housing counseling and education staff attended the 2019 Change Makers Summit in Washington, DC last week. Topics addressed include pressing policy issues impacting our communities and ways to make our communities stronger through civic action. The summit presented an opportunity for us and our partners to build upon collective strategies as we empower our communities for years to come!
Last month, LUCHA’s housing counseling and education staff participated in the National Association for Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHPREP) Chicago ELEVATE event. The event highlighted our collective commitment to building generational wealth through homeownership, prioritizing investment without displacement, and created a space for community partners to focus on issues impacting Latinx residents. We are so grateful to be part of a network that recognizes the important role that housing counseling agencies play in generating community wealth for the residents we serve!
While communities of color in our nation are reeling from systemic racism manifesting in the forms of mass deportation and mass incarceration, they continue to demonstrate amazing resilience and talent. Join LUCHA in supporting the Illinois Access to Justice Program Act, which would implement a statewide program known as the Illinois Access to Justice and Opportunity Program. The program seeks to create a public/private fund to support community-based advocacy and legal assistance that will help remove barriers to prosperity and increase access to sustaining employment for vulnerable populations.
For more information or to act in support of this program, please contact our partners at The Resurrection Project.