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Planned and Delivered: Long March to Zapata Apts.Planned and Delivered: Long March to Zapata Apts.

Housing, Humboldt Park, Logan Square—After seven years and many challenges, partners Bickerdike and Logan Square Neighborhood Assn. celebrate 61 new apartments along Armitage Avenue.

Portals Project: Add More Community VoicesPortals Project: Add More Community Voices

Civic Tech, Englewood, Humboldt Park, Pilsen—A new curriculum is helping residents in several neighborhoods learn the ropes of writing, editing and posting stories on web portals that were designed through LISC Chicago's Smart Communities… Continue

Chicago Southwest Rehabs … One Family at a TimeChicago Southwest Rehabs … One Family at a Time

Housing, Back of the Yards, Chicago Lawn—Chicago Lawn, hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, is showing clear signs of recovery, thanks to the work of neighborhood organizations, private developers, public investment, and residents whose… Continue

In 22nd Ward, Residents Get Say in ‘Menu’ MoneyIn 22nd Ward, Residents Get Say in ‘Menu’ Money

Little Village—Every ward in Chicago gets “menu money” for local improvements, but traditionally the only person able to choose off that menu has been the local alderman. But now that process, in the… Continue

As Deadline Looms, ACA Enrollments Pick UpAs Deadline Looms, ACA Enrollments Pick Up

Health, Income and Credit-Building, General news—Neighborhood “navigators” are out in force this week as many Americans face a March 31 deadline for enrollment in new health insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act.

10 Earn Awards at 20th Anniversary CNDA10 Earn Awards at 20th Anniversary CNDA

Business, Housing, Placemaking—The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards celebrate excellent architecture, real estate development, and personal achievement. Here are the 2014 winners.

How Elev8 Sparked a School-Health RevolutionHow Elev8 Sparked a School-Health Revolution

Education, Health, Auburn Gresham—At Perspectives-Calumet Middle Academy in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, the health center, which was built through a partnership with Elev8 Chicago, is thriving. Since May 2008, the health center… Continue

CNDA at 20: Much More Than BuildingsCNDA at 20: Much More Than Buildings

Business, Housing, Placemaking—Energy and inspiration flow from annual awards ceremony that draws from across Chicago’s community development world.

LISC Expands Toolbox for Digital LearningLISC Expands Toolbox for Digital Learning

Business, Civic Tech, Income and Credit-Building—More than $1.1 million invested by LISC for expanded trainings and digital resources, helping neighborhoods connect to portals, EveryBlock, open data and more.

North Lawndale’s MLK Dream Goes on DisplayNorth Lawndale’s MLK Dream Goes on Display

North Lawndale—New Fair Housing Exhibit Center celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic 1966 sojourn in Chicago … and a neighborhood’s revival

Affordable Care Act Enrollment: a Struggle but Worth ItAffordable Care Act Enrollment: a Struggle but Worth It

Health—Chicagoans enrolling for medical insurance through the Affordable Care Act have benefitted from the services of LISC Chicago's Healthy Communities Campaign, which is working with 21 neighborhood… Continue

Questions (and Answers) as Data Mindset Takes HoldQuestions (and Answers) as Data Mindset Takes Hold

General news—What’s the impact of programs to improve safety, housing or education? Five neighborhood partnerships are using data and tightly structured programs to find out.

Outreach Army Reaches 9,300 with Health Care InfoOutreach Army Reaches 9,300 with Health Care Info

Health—Trained and certified outreach and enrollment specialists, called navigators, have been spreading the word in 24 neighborhoods as part of LISC's Healthy Communities Campaign.

BRIEFLY: For more than a decade, LISC Chicago's Keri Blackwell has been working with neighborhood organizations on issues of crime and violence. In a blogpost for Strengthening Chicago's Youth, she lays out what works and why. 

BRIEFLY: Cubs Charities Supports Baseball Field Improvements

Missed the 20th annual CNDA Awards ceremony a couple months ago? No worries! Check out the three-minute version...

BRIEFLY: Website Helps Residents Buy $1 Vacant Lots  

ABC7 News Covers Large Lots

Chicago Tonight: How LISC Twin Accounts Build Credit
LISC's Ricki Lowitz explains how a secured credit card can quickly change a person's credit rating. Also read the written story by WTTW's Brandis Friedman.

How to build credit, save $$

The New York Times describes Twin Accounts, a program created by LISC Chicago's Ricki Lowitz that allows low-wage-earners access to fundamental financial instruments and conveniences necessary for everyday life. Read all about it.

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