A major grant comes to the Chicago Rehab Network
When the MacArthur Foundation decided to honor
nine organizations with its new "Creative and
Effective Institutions" awards, only two U.S.-based
groups were chosen.
The Chicago Rehab Network was one of those
groups and will be honored with the other grantees
at an Oct. 5 awards ceremony in the Windy City. "In
conjunction with the ceremony, the foundation will
organize a series of seminars on the work of these
organizations that will be open to other non-profit
institutions, providing an important opportunity for
mutual learning," said the MacArthur Foundation.
"Building and strengthening non-profit organizations
has never been more important," said MacArthur
President John Fanton. "As the challenges facing our
country and world grow even more complex, we look
to trusted institutions to help us think about public
issues and to galvanize action."
"We are proud to have been chosen by the
MacArthur Foundation and we feel this investment
shows the importance of our work. The funds given
by the foundation will help us provide for
the long-term stability of the Chicago Rehab
Network," said executive director Kevin
Jackson. "That means our ability to partner with and
serve community development corporations and
others is greatly enhanced. We love the work that
we do and this contribution will help us to do it
Read some of the press coverage....
For 25 years, the Chicago Rehab Network (CRN) has
worked to further the development and preservation
of safe affordable housing in Chicago, and throughout
the state of Illinois.
|HOT STUFF: Membership meeting, new DOH analysis
The Chicago Rehab Network’s Annual Membership
Meeting will be held Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5
at the Little Black Pearl, located at 1060 E. 47th
Street (between Ellis and Greenwood). Breakfast and
lunch will be provided. Please call 312-663-3936 to
RSVP, if you have any questions.
The new CRN analysis of the city Department of
Housing’s Second Quarterly Report is out. The
analysis was released Sept. 19 and is available via
fax, or on-line.
||Go to the CRN website for more information
|Sun-Times: Lack of Affordable Housing is Costly
(Chicago Rehab Network letter published Aug. 23,
News that growing numbers of children attending
Chicago Public Schools are homeless [''Ranks of
homeless CPS students soar,'' Aug. 14] is another
reminder that safe, affordable housing isn't a luxury;
it's a necessity for a thriving city.
And, while appealing for public donations for school
supplies is a good idea and noble request, the real
appeal should be to the mayor and aldermen to
increase the money the city allots to promote and
protect affordable housing. Charity is good, but it's
no substitute for sound public policy.
||Read the full letter
|Building on success of the southside affordable housing summit
The south side of Chicago stands to lose over 9,000
apartments tied to affordable rental housing
programs, unless residents, community leaders, public
officials and owners get involved, warned the
Chicago Rehab Network, before an early June
affordable housing summit on the south side. CRN is
doing more than handing out warnings. With help from
member organizations and leaders, like Mattie Butler
of Woodlawn East Community And Neighbors
(WECAN), a south side "cohort" has developed.
||Read the full story
Congress is focused on a short schedule before
fall elections. For the priority issues for
September check out the NLIHC
Action Alert. See the section that refers to HUD
appropriations contained in the Senate bill, but not in
the House version. Ask your congressmen and
senators to accept the Senate version. It
strengthens the Schumer Amendment and extends
M2M, plus improvements to Section 8 voucher
formulas and mandates that HUD fund all vouchers for
all units, not just those "under lease" at the time of
The Illinois State legislature veto session is
coming up in November. Make sure to contact
your state elected officials and share stories of the
success of affordable housing.
s.Net is a site developed as a tool to keep us
connected to major policy issues that impact our
work. It also has legislatives updates. Sign up today!
For infomation, contact Gene Moreno, at 312-663-
3936, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Bethel New Life on
receiving the Richard H. Driehaus
Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit
Real Estate Project for its Bethel Center, a
23,000 square foot, two story, green-roofed building
sitting on a former brownfield site in the heart of
Garfield Park which provides both physical and social
sustainability to the neighborhood. The award was
presented in August. Good luck to Joyce
Probst, who has left her job on the governor’s
housing staff, married and moved to Ohio.
Welcome aboard to the Cindy Holler, the
new president of Mercy Housing Lakefront.
Holler will be responsible for leading MHL’s operations
in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio including oversight of
affordable housing development, fund raising and
resident services. Fond farewell to Richard
Townsell as executive director of the
Lawndale Christian Development Corp.
Richard has joined Fannie Mae. The interim
executive director for Lawndale Christian
Development Corp. is Marcus
Thorne.Congratulations to the Brighton Park
Neighborhood Council on winning the
Chicago Community Organizing Award for
2006. The award recognizes excellence in leadership
development, networking and relationship building,
winning real social change, and building a clear long-
term community vision. The award is sponsored by
the Chicago Community Trust, the Mayer
and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
and the Woods Fund of Chicago.
|Upcoming events to keep you in the mix
Stay tuned for a 10-year anniversary
celebration of the HDTI and the Urban
Developers Programs and a celebration sponsored by
the Chicago Rehab Network. If are a program
graduate let us know, if you know other program
grads, tell them to get in touch.
Others events:The Campaign
for Affordable Housing "Housing,
Communication & Crisis: Framing Messages to Build
Public Support," Sheraton Suites Houston near the
Galleria, Houston, TX, September 27-28, 2006
for Affordable Housing national conference
NHC National Policy Summit
"Fulfilling the Dream: Shaping Housing Policy for
Future Generations," The Palmer House Hilton,
Chicago, IL, October 11-12, 2006
NHC National Policy Summit
First Annual Governor’s Conference on
Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
October 17-18, 20061st Annual Governor's Conference on