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Businesses Reap Dividends of “Special” Tax ZoneBusinesses Reap Dividends of “Special” Tax Zone

Business, Back of the Yards, Quad Communities—Around the city, LISC is helping communities establish and run Special Service Areas to cover the costs of security, beautification and special events for local small businesses.

Blight ‘Squashed’ on Cottage Grove by Woodlawn Park PartnershipBlight ‘Squashed’ on Cottage Grove by Woodlawn Park Partnership

Housing, Woodlawn—A groundbreaking for senior housing and a squash facility signals the next stage of a Woodlawn redevelopment fueled by POAH, LISC and their partners.

Community Leaders Want Lakeside Mega-plan to Benefit All of South ChicagoCommunity Leaders Want Lakeside Mega-plan to Benefit All of South Chicago

Housing, South Chicago—With the super-sized USX/McCaffery project ready to launch on empty steel site, local groups push for neighborhood input on jobs and housing.

Trainings Help Business Owners Up Their GameTrainings Help Business Owners Up Their Game

Business, Pilsen—Graduates of an entrepreneurship program in Pilsen learn from experts and put lessons to work in their stores, restaurants and other local businesses.

Practice Makes Perfect: New Approaches to 'Hoops'Practice Makes Perfect: New Approaches to "Hoops"

Placemaking, Safety, North Lawndale—Every week from June through August, 14 neighborhoods close off streets and turn out crowds for Hoops in the Hood, a basketball program first developed as an anti-violence strategy.

Applications Open for 21st Annual  Chicago Neighborhood Development AwardsApplications Open for 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards

Housing, Placemaking—Awards recognize excellence in community development and architectural achievements in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Big Data + Large Lots = Fast Start for City ProgramBig Data + Large Lots = Fast Start for City Program

Civic Tech, East Garfield Park, Englewood—Innovative website and partnership with Chicago Public Libraries help City of Chicago extend $1 sale of vacant lots to East Garfield Park

WINGS Shelter Coming to Southwest SideWINGS Shelter Coming to Southwest Side

Housing, Chicago Lawn—Survivors of domestic violence on the city’s Southwest Side will soon have somewhere to turn for emergency housing and comprehensive social services.

Neighborhoods Beckon with Summer ActivitiesNeighborhoods Beckon with Summer Activities

Placemaking, East Garfield Park, Near North Side—Basketball, jazz and family play bring people together and build community in safe, healthy environments

Response to Violence: Build 'Culture of Peace'Response to Violence: Build "Culture of Peace"

Safety, Little Village—LISC Chicago and its community partners approach violence as part of a comprehensive approach to community development, working on multiple fronts to help neighborhoods become safer.

Graduating Seniors Testify to Elev8’s StrengthsGraduating Seniors Testify to Elev8’s Strengths

Education, Auburn Gresham—Middle-school enrichment program opened eyes of students, changing their trajectory through high school and beyond.

AmeriCorps Provides Pipeline of Talent, EnergyAmeriCorps Provides Pipeline of Talent, Energy

Civic Tech, Education, Income and Credit-Building—Members learn about community development while working with middle-school students, teaching digital skills or playing sports

Ribbon Cutting for ‘Little Heaven’ on ArmitageRibbon Cutting for ‘Little Heaven’ on Armitage

Housing, Lending, Humboldt Park, Logan Square—Community leaders and public officials celebrated the official opening of Zapata Apartments on April 24.

TRP Plans 45 Apartments at 17th and DamenTRP Plans 45 Apartments at 17th and Damen

Housing, Lending, Pilsen—The Resurrection Project will build 45 units of affordable family housing on a former silo yard near Orozco Community Academy. The development will be named Casa Querétaro.

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.

Help LISC Chicago Raise $40 Million for Neighborhoods



BRIEFLY: Chalk the Walk Gets Kids Drawing – and Adults Jawing – about Near North Issues



HELP WANTED: Executive Director at North River Commission


The anti-violence programs of Enlace Chicago and other Little Village organizations were the subjects of recent reports on WTTW's Chicago Tonight and WLS-TV Channel 7......


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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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