Housing For All 4th District Housing Fair with Rep. Delia Ramirez

On August 10th, 4th District State Representative Delia Ramirez hosted the Housing For All Fair, a community event with an accessible platform for residents to learn more about available housing options in the area, apply for affordable housing, become informed of tenants’ rights, explore options for homebuyer education, and seek recommendations for property tax appeals. Staff from LUCHA’s esteemed Community Law Program and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified  Housing Opportunities Program  joined in to provide free legal consultations and resources for homebuyer education.

Thank you to Rep. Ramirez for organizing, to all of our community partners who participated in the Fair, and to all who attended! We are grateful to be a part of such a dedicated network of housing advocates who invest in the success of every resident.

Tierra Linda Lease-Up

We are delighted to announce that our latest affordable housing development, Tierra Linda, is fully occupied! With 45 scattered-site affordable rental units, Tierra Linda is LUCHA’s first sustainability-oriented development which bridges affor dability with green technology for low-income residents of the City of Chicago. Located primarily along the 606 Trail, Tierra Linda represents LUCHA’s commitment to transforming neighborhoods through community development and increasing neighborhood access to people who might otherwise be displaced from Chicago’s exclusive housing market. Moreover, it is a step toward an equitable affordable ho using field which approaches development through the lens of environmental sustainability.

Affordable Housing Tour with City of Chicago Housing Commissioner

This week, LUCHA teamed up with the Logan Square Neighborhood AssociationCenter for Changing LivesSpanish Coalition for HousingBickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Northwest Side Housing Center to host a trolley tour of affordable housing successes and opportunities with local officials and Commissioner Marisa Novara of the city’s Department of Housing. Touring the Northwest side of Chicago within the Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont-Cragin neighborhoods, we highlighted the innovative achievements of affordable housing projects such as LUCHA’s Tierra Linda development and Passive House building. In addition, we imagined an equitable future with an affordable TOD housing development at the Emmett Street lot in Logan Square, which is experiencing widespread gentrification and massive displacement of legacy Latinx families who can no longer afford to live in the neighborhood they helped shape; and the Here to Stay Community Land Trust, which would organize community-owned land and maintain naturally occurring affordable housing for renters and homeowners on the Northwest side in the face of demolition and displacement.

We are honored to work alongside dedicated partners who continue to advance housing affordability and accessibility for our neighbors and proud to share our efforts with the City of Chicago in the hopes of creating a more equitable Chicago for all.

 

Illinois Green Mission Award

On May 14th, the Illinois Green Alliance presented LUCHA with the Mission Award of the 2019 Limelight Emerald Awards ceremony, an annual awards program which recognizes sustainable building efforts in Illinois. LUCHA’s commitment to working at the intersection of housing and health with Tierra Linda earned us the highest recognition with the Mission Award. Tierra Linda bridges sustainable, “green” technology and affordability for low-income residents and ultimately raises the bar for building developers and community organizations which are responsible for creating a holistic response to the healthy and affordable housing crisis by helping families find stable housing without compromising their health, safety, or the environment.

Thank you to the Illinois Green Alliance for recognizing LUCHA’s efforts to advance housing as a human right via sustainable and affordable housing!