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.
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!