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LSNA: Mission, description and history

Founded in 1962, LSNA is a nonprofit, multi-issue, grassroots community organization serving the multi-ethnic communities of Logan Square and the Lathrop/Hamlin area. Its mission is to unite institutions and residents to build and protect an excellent place to live, work, play, raise children, run a business and worship.

Collectively, LSNA represents thousands of residents. These neighbors also belong to LSNA member institutions that include churches, schools, block clubs, multi-unit buildings, and social service agencies. The members of LSNA are very diverse—men, women, young, and old, Latino, African-American, and White. For the most part they speak one or both of two languages—Spanish and English. Within this context, LSNA develops local leadership to identify, strategize, and organize around significant community issues that impact their lives such as affordable housing, school reform, living-wage jobs, land-use and zoning, economic development, health care, and neighborhood safety. LSNA is committed to organizing across generations and across the diversity of the neighborhood to make Logan Square a place to stay, a place to grow.

Since 1994, LSNA’s work has been directed by its Holistic Plan . This plan is revised each year by the community and contains 8 strategies on the community’s key concerns: affordable housing; parks and community spaces; education and community schools, commercial corridors; industrial retention and business development; health, safety, and well-being; arts and culture; supporting community leadership and immigrants rights. In April 2005, LSNA received the highly-respected Community Organizing Award for our comprehensive and innovative organizing work

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