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Near West Side Community Development Corp.

Year founded



Earnest Gates

Executive Director

NCP staff

LaShunda Gonzalez

NCP director

Meghan Baer

NCP organizer

Contact information

216 S. Hoyne Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 738-2280 phone
(312) 738-2308 fax

Organization mission

To create a viable mixed-income community without displacement.

Vision for the future

To continue to improve their community's economic prospects while capturing and restoring its historic sense of community, by creating jobs, improving schools, adding retail, bringing affordable housing, building teen-focused organizations, fighting drugs and bolstering day care and recreational options for families.

Accomplishments to date

Founded in response to plans by the Chicago Bears to build a stadium and displace local residents, NWSCDC has become a key advocate for balanced development that supports existing residents while building ties to newcomers.

It has built affordable housing including 15 rental units and 70 single-family and two-flat units through the New Homes for Chicago program; co-developed 150 units of public housing; helped homeowners use city programs for needed home repairs; initiated community-building programs like the Moms Helping Other Moms network for child care providers and the Home Visitors Program to support public housing residents; and developed a network among local schools.

NWSCDC is a partner in the development that brought a Walgreen’s drug store to the corner of Madison and Western in 2001, and is co-developing a site across the street for a grocery and other stores. Since 2004, the CDC has developed 14 more New Homes for Chicago, with eight still to come.

And in 2006, Near West Side opened a Center for Working Families , which evolved out of the Home Visitors Program with the addition of financial counseling and a greater level of employment assistance.

To download the 2002 quality of life plan developed through the pilot New Communities Initiative, click here .

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