Summertime Service Across the Alliance

Here in Chicago, we have a short window of time to enjoy the summer – and it’s important to seize the opportunity. Heartland Alliance knows a thing or two about helping folks achieve opportunity, and this summer was no exception. See how Heartland Housing helped residents to connect with their neighbors, and how our ESL programming has partnered with One Summer Chicago to give young people a chance to grow.

 

Kat Andre and Simon

Kat’s One Summer Chicago Experience at RICS Belmont

It’s a Party Over at the Leland!

Responding to Gun Violence in Chicago

Prison taught me a lot of things.

In 2008, I was released on parole after spending more than 14 years in prison. I have since earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Chicago, respectively.

Early on, in prison, I learned that most people looked exactly like me. They came from poor neighborhoods and from families overwhelmed by the struggles of day-to-day life, not to mention a lack of access to employment and education. Most of my fellow inmates had personally experienced violence and trauma. And, like me, their fight-or-flight instinct was on overdrive.

The men who rotated through what seemed like a revolving prison door shared the same goal as me—to never return. Somehow, many of us fell short. Nearly everyone who returned to prison lacked the same things—a plan for how to survive outside of prison; a network of people who would stick by them when they faced setbacks; and access to a support system to help them cope with feelings of hopelessness, loss, and frustration.

My understanding of these tenets has informed my work as a violence interrupter at Cease Fire, as the founding director of the YMCA’s Urban Warriors program, and now as a senior director at Heartland Alliance, where I lead READI Chicago—an ambitious initiative designed to address the needs of individuals who are most vulnerable to violence involvement and for whom traditional service models often don’t work.

Through READI Chicago, we are offering paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other supports to individuals at highest risk of violence involvement to help decrease violence and create better futures. Together with men and women who are as committed as I am to tackling Chicago’s gun violence challenge, we are focusing on individual behavior change and creating access to opportunity and positive, nurturing relationships.

Specifically, READI Chicago has forged partnerships with employers who are willing to provide participants with practical job training and skills. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps participants learn how to slow down their thinking in times of stress and to control impulses. These skills take time to nurture and develop. Our 24-month program model provides ample time for participants to practice these skills on the job. And READI Chicago doesn’t give up on our participants—even when they encounter setbacks. We know progress isn’t linear. An evaluation led by the University of Chicago Urban Labs will determine whether our efforts have an impact on individuals and communities over time.

After spending much of my time in prison contemplating how my future would have meaning, my goal is clear—to use my experiences as a former gang member and inmate, as well as my formal education, to save lives, and to help others heal from trauma and create a way forward. READI Chicago has the potential to help men who share a similar background find and realize their own dreams for a safer and better future.

Standing Together

Earlier this month, more than 150 people joined us for an informative panel discussion regarding equity, featuring key Chicagoland female leaders. Hosted by BMO Harris Bank, our guest panelists were women who have been change agents from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. They each brought a unique perspective on systemic barriers they have had to overcome, as well as the various experiences they’ve encountered as each sector progresses towards a more equitable environment. The panelists shared with the audience some of their key learnings and takeaways in order to foster equity.

In the spirit of the event, we encourage you to continue this conversation with people in your own lives and feel inspired to take action, whether big or small. Here are a few easy ways:

Picture at left – Back Row: Daniela O’Leary Gill, Chief Operating Officer, BMO Harris; Mrinalini Chakraborty, Head of Field Operations & Strategy, National Women’s March; Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney; Andrea Zopp, President and CEO, World Business Chicago Front Row: Linda Coberly. Chicago Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn; Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance; Lori Healey, CEO, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority;

Heartland Alliance Celebrates World Refugee Day

Heartland Alliance Celebrates World Refugee Day

June 20, 2013

WORLD REFUGEE DAY


Today, along with the entire international community, we celebrate World Refugee Day.   This celebration recognizes the important contribution of the United Nations Convention on Refugees, which was approved in 1951 and which serves as the global standard for the treatment of refugee populations.

We thank all those around the world who work to feed, clothe, and shelter refugees, those who work to ensure their protection, and those who welcome refugees to new homelands.  

Heartland Alliance has worked with refugees from around the world for more than 75 years.  Here are some of the many ways that Heartland Alliance helps refugees:

–it serves as a refugee resettlement organization, welcoming new refugees to Chicago

–it provides legal representation to individuals fleeing persecution and seeking political asylum in the United States

–it works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide protection to individuals fleeing persecution in many places around the world

–it provides health and healing services to help refugees begin new lives

Today, we recommit to work for a world that ensures protection for refugees and, more importantly, to work for a world that ends persecution — so that refugee situations no longer exist.


 

JOURNEE MONDIALE DES REFUGIES
Aujourd’hui, avec toute la communauté internationale, nous célébrons la Journée mondiale des réfugiés. Cette célébration reconnaît l’importante contribution de la Convention des Nations Unies en faveur des réfugiés, qui a été approuvé en 1951 et qui sert de norme mondiale pour le traitement des populations réfugiées.
 
Nous remercions tous ceux et celles qui, à travers le monde, œuvrent pour nourrir, vêtir, et abriter les réfugiés, ceux qui travaillent pour assurer leur protection, ceux et celles qui accueillent les réfugiés dans leur nouvelle patrie.
 
Heartland Alliance a travaillé avec des réfugiés du monde entier depuis plus de 75 ans. Heartland Alliance soutient les réfugiés de plusieurs façons :
 –comme une organisation de réinsertion des réfugiés, en accueillant de nouveaux réfugiés à Chicago
–en fournissant une aide juridique aux personnes fuyant la persécution qui demandent l’asile politique aux Etats-Unis
–avec le Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés en fournissant une protection aux personnes fuyant la persécution dans de nombreux endroits à travers le monde
–en fournissant des services de santé pour aider les réfugiés à commencer une nouvelle vie
 
Aujourd’hui, nous renouvelons notre engagement à travailler pour un monde qui assure la protection des réfugiés, et plus important encore, nous nous engageons à travailler pour un monde sans persécutions – de sorte que plus personne ne devienne réfugiés.


DIA MUNDIAL DEL REFUGIADO

Hoy, junto con toda la comunidad internacional, se celebra el Día Mundial del Refugiado. Esta celebración reconoce la importante contribución de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, la cual fue aprobada en 1951 y que sirve como el estándar global para el trato a poblaciones de refugiados.

Agradecemos a todos aquellos alrededor del mundo que trabajan para alimentar, vestir y alojar a refugiados, las personas que trabajan para garantizar su protección, y los que acogen a los refugiados en nuevas tierras.

Heartland Alliance ha trabajado con refugiados de todo el mundo durante más de 75 años. Estas son algunas de las muchas maneras que Heartland Alliance ayuda a los refugiados:

–Servir como una organización de reasentamiento de refugiados, dando la bienvenida a nuevos refugiados a Chicago

–Proveer representación legal a personas que huyen de la persecución y que buscan de asilo político en Estados Unidos

–Trabajar con el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados para brindar protección a personas que huyen de la persecución en muchos lugares alrededor del mundo

–Proporcionar servicios de salud para ayudar a los refugiados comenzar una nueva vida

Hoy, de nuevo nos compromentemos a trabajar por un mundo que garantice la protección de los refugiados y, aun más importante, trabajar por un mundo que termine la persecución – para que las situaciones de refugiados no existan.


اليوم العالمي للاجئين                                                                                                                              

اليوم، جنبا إلى جنب مع المجتمع الدولي بأسره،  نحتفل باليوم العالمي للاجئين. هذا الاحتفال يسلط الضوء على المساهمة الهامة لاتفاقية الأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين، والذي تمت الموافقة عليها في عام 1951 والتي هي بمثابة معيار عالمي لمساعدة اللاجئين               

نشكر الجميع من مختلف أنحاء العالم الذين يعملون لإطعام واكساء، وإيواء اللاجئين،  لضمان حمايتهم، والذين يرحبون باللاجئين إلى أوطانهم الجديدة                                                                                                                                  

  لقد عملت هارتلاند الاينس على مساعدة اللاجئين من مختلف أنحاء العالم لأكثر من 75 عاما. وهنا بعض من الطرق التي تتبعها   الهارتلاند لمساعدة اللاجئين                                                                                                                     

                                                                                 برامج إعادة التوطين، واستقبال اللاجئين الجدد إلى شيكاغو 

توفير التمثيل القانوني للأفراد الذين فروا من الاضطهاد بحثا عن اللجوء السياسي في الولايات المتحدة                                  

    العمل مع مفوضية الأمم المتحدة السامية لشؤون اللاجئين لتوفير الحماية للأفراد الذين فروا من الاضطهاد في أماكن كثيرة في مختلف أنحاء العالم                                                                                                                                      

توفير الخدمات الصحية لمساعدة اللاجئين على بدء حياة جديدة                                                                             

 اليوم،  نجدد عهدنا في العمل من أجل عالم يكفل الحماية اللاجئين، والأهم، إلى العمل من أجل عالم أن ينتهي فيه الاضطهاد وانهاء         معانات اللاجئين                                                                                                                                 

 


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World Refugee Day/Journee Mondiale Des Refugies/Dia Mundial Del Refugiado/اليوم العالمي للاجئين

World Refugee Day/Journee Mondiale Des Refugies/Dia Mundial Del Refugiado/اليوم العالمي للاجئين

June 20, 2012

WORLD REFUGEE DAYIraqi Photo

Today, along with the entire international community, we celebrate World Refugee Day.   This celebration recognizes the important contribution of the United Nations Convention on Refugees, which was approved in 1951 and which serves as the global standard for the treatment of refugee populations.

 

We thank all those around the world who work to feed, clothe, and shelter refugees, those who work to ensure their protection, and those who welcome refugees to new homelands.  

 

Heartland Alliance has worked with refugees from around the world for more than 75 years.  Here are some of the many ways that Heartland Alliance helps refugees:

 

  • it serves as a refugee resettlement organization, welcoming new refugees to Chicago
  • it provides legal representation to individuals fleeing persecution and seeking political asylum in the United States
  • it works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide protection to individuals fleeing persecution in many places around the world

  • it provides health and healing services to help refugees begin new lives
 

Today, we recommit to work for a world that ensures protection for refugees and, more importantly, to work for a world that ends persecution — so that refugee situations no longer exist.

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JOURNEE MONDIALE DES REFUGIES
Aujourd’hui, avec toute la communauté internationale, nous célébrons la Journée mondiale des réfugiés. Cette célébration reconnaît l’importante contribution de la Convention des Nations Unies en faveur des réfugiés, qui a été approuvé en 1951 et qui sert de norme mondiale pour le traitement des populations réfugiées.
 
Nous remercions tous ceux et celles qui, à travers le monde, œuvrent pour nourrir, vêtir, et abriter les réfugiés, ceux qui travaillent pour assurer leur protection, ceux et celles qui accueillent les réfugiés dans leur nouvelle patrie.
 
Heartland Alliance a travaillé avec des réfugiés du monde entier depuis plus de 75 ans. Heartland Alliance soutient les réfugiés de plusieurs façons :
 
–comme une organisation de réinsertion des réfugiés, en accueillant de nouveaux réfugiés à Chicago
–en fournissant une aide juridique aux personnes fuyant la persécution qui demandent l’asile politique aux Etats-Unis
–avec le Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés en fournissant une protection aux personnes fuyant la persécution dans de nombreux endroits à travers le monde
–en fournissant des services de santé pour aider les réfugiés à commencer une nouvelle vie
 
Aujourd’hui, nous renouvelons notre engagement à travailler pour un monde qui assure la protection des réfugiés, et plus important encore, nous nous engageons à travailler pour un monde sans persécutions – de sorte que plus personne ne devienne réfugiés.

 

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DIA MUNDIAL DEL REFUGIADO

Hoy, junto con toda la comunidad internacional, se celebra el Día Mundial del Refugiado. Esta celebración reconoce la importante contribución de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, la cual fue aprobada en 1951 y que sirve como el estándar global para el trato a poblaciones de refugiados.

Agradecemos a todos aquellos alrededor del mundo que trabajan para alimentar, vestir y alojar a refugiados, las personas que trabajan para garantizar su protección, y los que acogen a los refugiados en nuevas tierras.

Heartland Alliance ha trabajado con refugiados de todo el mundo durante más de 75 años. Estas son algunas de las muchas maneras que Heartland Alliance ayuda a los refugiados:

Servir como una organización de reasentamiento de refugiados, dando la bienvenida a nuevos refugiados a Chicago

Proveer representación legal a personas que huyen de la persecución y que buscan de asilo político en Estados Unidos

Trabajar con el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados para brindar protección a personas que huyen de la persecución en muchos lugares alrededor del mundo

Proporcionar servicios de salud para ayudar a los refugiados comenzar una nueva vida

Hoy, de nuevo nos compromentemos a trabajar por un mundo que garantice la protección de los refugiados y, aun más importante, trabajar por un mundo que termine la persecución – para que las situaciones de refugiados no existan.

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اليوم العالمي للاجئين                                                                                                                              

اليوم، جنبا إلى جنب مع المجتمع الدولي بأسره،  نحتفل باليوم العالمي للاجئين. هذا الاحتفال يسلط الضوء على المساهمة الهامة لاتفاقية الأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين، والذي تمت الموافقة عليها في عام 1951 والتي هي بمثابة معيار عالمي لمساعدة اللاجئين               

نشكر الجميع من مختلف أنحاء العالم الذين يعملون لإطعام واكساء، وإيواء اللاجئين،  لضمان حمايتهم، والذين يرحبون باللاجئين إلى أوطانهم الجديدة                                                                                                                                  

  لقد عملت هارتلاند الاينس على مساعدة اللاجئين من مختلف أنحاء العالم لأكثر من 75 عاما. وهنا بعض من الطرق التي تتبعها   الهارتلاند لمساعدة اللاجئين                                                                                                                   

                                                                                 برامج إعادة التوطين، واستقبال اللاجئين الجدد إلى شيكاغو 

توفير التمثيل القانوني للأفراد الذين فروا من الاضطهاد بحثا عن اللجوء السياسي في الولايات المتحدة                                  

    العمل مع مفوضية الأمم المتحدة السامية لشؤون اللاجئين لتوفير الحماية للأفراد الذين فروا من الاضطهاد في أماكن كثيرة في مختلف أنحاء العالم                                                                                                                                      

توفير الخدمات الصحية لمساعدة اللاجئين على بدء حياة جديدة                                                                             

اليوم،  نجدد عهدنا في العمل من أجل عالم يكفل الحماية اللاجئين، والأهم، إلى العمل من أجل عالم أن ينتهي فيه الاضطهاد وانهاء         معانات اللاجئين                                       

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World Mental Health Day

 

World Mental Health Day

 
Today, we commemorate World Mental Health Day—a day where we can open the conversation around mental health issues and raise awareness about the treatment and prevention of mental illnesses.
Although the medicine and therapy for mental health disorders have made remarkable progress, the stigma of mental illness remains largely intact. Those who suffer from mental health disorders often do so in silence.
At Heartland Alliance, everything we do is based on a philosophy that emphasizes openness and understanding, and an appreciation of the strength and capacity of the people we work with. That means we treat everyone with dignity and respect—regardless of circumstance or mental health diagnosis.
Join me in celebrating our compassionate work to bring those with mental health issues out of the shadows and into the light so they can live healthy and independent lives. 

Journée mondiale de la santé mentale

 
Aujourd’hui, nous célébrons la Journée mondiale de la santé-mentale. C’est l’occasion d’ouvrir un débat sur les problèmes de santé mentale et de sensibiliser le monde au sujet du traitement et de la prévention des maladies mentales.
Bien que la médecine des troubles de santé mentale ait fait des progrès remarquables, la stigmatisation de la maladie reste largement intacte. Ceux qui souffrent de troubles de santé mentale souffrent souvent en silence.

A Heartland Alliance, tout ce que nous faisons s’appuie sur une philosophie qui met l’accent sur l’ouverture et la compréhension, et une reconnaissance de la force et la capacité des populations avec lesquelles nous travaillons. Cela signifie que nous traitons chacun avec dignité et respect, quelles que soient les circonstances ou le diagnostic de santé mentale.

Rejoignez-nous pour célébrer les efforts de tous pour sortir ces problèmes de santé mentale de l’ombre afin que les personnes qui en sont atteintes puissent vivre une vie saine et indépendante.

Día Mundial de la Salud Mental

 
Hoy, conmemoramos el Día Mundial de la Salud, un día para abrir la conversación en torno a problemas de salud mental y crear conciencia sobre el tratamiento y prevención de las enfermedades mentales.

Aunque la medicina y la terapia para los trastornos de salud mental han tenido notables progresos, el estigma en torno a las enfermedades mentales no se ha tocado. Los que sufren de trastornos de salud mental a menudo lo hacen en silencio.

En Heartland Alliance, todo lo que hacemos se basa en una filosofía que enfatiza la apertura y la comprensión, y una apreciación de la fuerza y la capacidad de las personas con las que trabajamos. Esto significa que tratar a todos con dignidad y respeto, independientemente de las circunstancias o el diagnóstico de salud mental.

Únanse a la celebración de nuestro trabajo que apoya compasionadamente a aquellos que sufren de problemas de salud mental para que  puedan vivir una vida saludable e independiente.

اليوم العالمي للصحة النفسية

 

اليوم ، نحتفل باليوم العالمي للصحة النفسية. و هو اليوم الذي نتمكن فيه من فتح حوار حول قضايا الصحة النفسية ورفع الوعي حول العلاج والوقاية من الأمراض النفسية.

على الرغم من أن الدواء والعلاج النفسي لاضطرابات الصحة النفسية قد حققت تقدماً استثنائياً، إلا أنّ الوصمة التي تلحق بالمرض النفسي لا تزال على حالها إلى حد كبير. لذا فإن أولئك الذين يعانون من اضطرابات الصحة النفسية غالباً ما يعانون منها في صمت مطبق درءاً لتلك الوصمة.

في هارتلاند ألآينس ، يستند كل ما نقوم به على فلسفة تؤكد على الإنفتاح والتفهّم، وتقدير قوة وقدرة الأشخاص الذين نعمل معهم. هذا يعني أننا نعامل الجميع باحترام وكرامة، بصرف النظر عن الظروف أو التشخيص النفسي.

شاركني في الإحتفال بعملنا المفعم بالرأفة للخروج بالذين يعانون من اضطرابات نفسية من الظل إلى النور كي يتمكنوا من عيش حياة صحية ومستقلة.

Heartland Alliance, Center on Halsted open Chicago’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing development

Heartland Alliance, Center on Halsted open Chicago’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing development

October 10, 2014

Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted today joined with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin, Alderman Tom Tunney, Lakeview residents and LGBTQ supporters to open Town Hall Apartments, the region’s first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable senior housing development.

“Town Hall Apartments is a safe, welcoming and affordable place for seniors to call home in a community that embraces and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation,” said Michael Goldberg, Executive Director of Heartland Housing, a division of Heartland Alliance, the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest. “Affordable housing for all residents is critical to the success of any city. Town Hall is an example of how good design, development and collaboration can fulfill a critical need while improving the surrounding neighborhood.”

Town Hall Apartments is located at 3600 N. Halsted Street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the heart of Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ community. The $23.7 million, 79-unit building provides housing for seniors 55 years old or older. Because all units are subsidized, rent will be no more than 30% of a given resident’s income.

As a testament to the need, Heartland Housing received more than 400 applications to live at Town Hall. All 79 units have been rented for the coming year.

Center on Halsted will offer resident- and community-based services for seniors living in the building, as well as expand and relocate its existing Senior Services program to the first floor of the building.

“Town Hall Apartments directly addresses the disparities amongst our LGBTQ older adults,” said Modesto “Tico” Valle, CEO of Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ community center. “This generation lives in isolation and experiences housing and healthcare discrimination more frequently and proportionally than their straight counterparts. With more than 50,000 seniors who identify as LGBTQ in the Chicagoland area, Town Hall will act as a model, both locally and nationally to address these issues.”

Heartland Housing was the lead developer for the building and will provide on-site management. Heartland currently manages 14 affordable housing communities and has developed nearly 1,850 affordable homes throughout the Midwest.

Eva Skye, a senior program participant at Center on Halsted since 2008, lives on a fixed income and could only afford a room in a single room occupancy building, where she felt unsafe and unwelcome. When she learned about Town Hall, she jumped at the opportunity.

“I don’t have to worry about my safety anymore,” said Skye. “I feel at home. Everyone has embraced me for being myself. Some say moving into a senior living community is the end of the line, but for me it’s just the beginning.”

History redeemed

The Town Hall police station was a symbol of police discrimination against the surrounding gay community during the 1970s and 80s. Beginning in the 1990s, however, the Chicago Police Department established an LGBTQ liaison to improve relations in the neighborhood.

“We often hear that history repeats itself. Today we see that history can also correct and redeem itself. What was once a symbol of fear is now a place of inclusion, expression and community,” said Goldberg.

Identifying a need

Town Hall Apartments is the culmination of nearly a decade of research, advocacy and community relations. In 2005, Heartland Alliance conducted a research study of Chicago’s LGBTQ senior community to determine the need for an amenity-rich LGBTQ-friendly affordable housing development. Heartland worked with local aldermen to identify a workable location, and later worked with city, state and federal agencies to identify and secure solid financing.

In 2012, the City of Chicago selected Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted to develop the former Town Hall police station site. In 2013, the Chicago City Council transferred the land over to the Center and Heartland and construction began. “Reclaiming this site is significant for our Stonewall trailblazers,” said Valle. “The Town Hall police station, once a site of fear for LGBTQ individuals, has now been given back to the community and is testament to changing times, popular opinion, and our supportive partnerships.”

Sustainable design, historic preservation

Heartland Housing worked closely with seniors during the design process to better understand the needs of potential residents. These conversations clarified the importance of common and outdoor spaces, a strong connection with the rest of the neighborhood, an interest in maintaining social activity and physical fitness during the aging process, and the sensitivity required regarding property management for transgender residents.

Designed by Gensler and built by Power Construction, LLC, Town Hall Apartments blends the “old” with “new” by incorporating an existing historic façade and variegated color palette into its design. Large, colorful mosaic walls welcome residents and guests in the main lobby and at all elevator banks. Each floor features a different wall color that accents the flooring patterns. Town Hall Apartments is expected to achieve LEED Silver level for its many sustainable elements, including high-efficiency fixtures and appliances, building materials with high (over 20 percent) recycled content, a green roof, and an energy efficient heating and cooling system.

Built in 1907, the Town Hall police station officially became a Chicago landmark in September 2013. According to the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, the building “is significant as a finely designed Classical Revival style police station. Distinguished by its symmetrical façade arrangement, classically inspired ornament, and distinctive copper cornice, this well-preserved police station exemplifies the influence of Classicism on the architecture of government and public buildings in Chicago in the early twentieth century.”

Modern amenities

The facility has 30 studios and 49 one-bedroom apartments (79 units total). In addition, the building has 4,450 square feet of ground floor commercial space, 20 covered car parking spaces, and dedicated parking spaces for bicycles. Amenities include ENERGY STAR appliances, security cameras, high-speed Internet, and on-site laundry facilities.

Strong financing

Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted leveraged Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the City of Chicago HOME Investment Partnerships Program, equity from the Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit and an Energy Efficiency Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  The City of Chicago also donated the former police station and land to the project.  The Chicago Housing Authority provided 79 project-based vouchers, which enable those with even the lowest of incomes to afford to live in the building.

The project enjoys generous support from Citi Community Capital, the National Equity Fund, Enterprise Community Partners, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and LISC Chicago.

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Heartland Alliance is the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest and believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for more than one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. Our policy efforts strengthen communities; our comprehensive services empower those we serve to rebuild and transform their lives. For more information, visit: www.heartlandalliance.org.

Heartland Housing, Inc. is a community housing development organization, which facilitates the development of people through the preservation and creation of affordable and supportive housing with a priority in meeting the needs of homeless persons and families, very low-income individuals, and persons with chronic disabilities. More at: www.heartlandhousing.org.

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood. For more information, visit: www.centeronhalsted.org.


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President of Heartland Alliance Rev. Dr. Sid Mohn to Step Down in Summer 2015

President of Heartland Alliance Rev. Dr. Sid Mohn to Step Down in Summer 2015

September 8, 2014

Sid Mohn (new)Rev. Dr. Sid Mohn, president of Heartland Alliance, today announced his plan to retire after 35 years of service to the organization. Since joining Heartland Alliance in 1980, Rev. Dr. Mohn has grown the organization to serve over one million people each year, creating the Midwest’s leading anti-poverty organization, with a reputation for quality programming, innovation and thought leadership.

“I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I have had to pursue my vision of creating a world in which each of us realizes our human right to live free from poverty. Through the energy and the vision of a new president, Heartland Alliance will realize a new and exciting set of opportunities to do so as it moves into the next 125 years,” says Mohn.

Rev. Dr. Mohn will remain as president until a successor has been identified. Russell Reynolds Associates, a national executive search firm with expertise in nonprofits nationally and globally, will lead the search for Rev. Dr. Mohn’s successor.

“I have known Sid for nine years and serving Heartland Alliance under Sid’s leadership has been an honor and a privilege,” says Lynn Todman, chair of the Heartland Alliance board of directors. “His innovative and inspiring vision has made a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable among us and I’m proud to call him both a colleague and a friend.”

“As we strategize around the ever-evolving work of ending poverty and the future of Heartland Alliance’s leadership,” Todman continues, “we are surrounded by the best and brightest minds in the nonprofit community. We are well-positioned not only to remain among the most innovative thought-leaders in the Midwest, but to maintain the spirit Sid has created within Heartland Alliance – one in which the dignity of each human life is honored.”

“Sid has been instrumental in building Heartland Alliance into a leading voice on national and international poverty and human rights issues,” said Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. “Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated leadership that is both thoughtful and bold. He is unparalleled in his ability to bring people together to solve poverty issues in the Midwest and around the world.”

Heartland Alliance is the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest and believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for more than one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty or seeking safety. Our policy efforts strengthen communities; our comprehensive services empower those we serve to rebuild and transform their lives. For more information, visit: www.heartlandalliance.org.

Rev. Dr. Mohn will remain as president until a successor has been identified. The position specification for this role is available here. If you have a personal interest in the position and/or would like to recommend someone else, please contact our search consultant, Kimberly Archer, at Russell Reynolds Associates or call (202) 654-7826.



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Neon Street Dorms Honors Representative Harris

Neon Street Dorms Honors Representative Harris

September 4, 2012

Representative HarrisOn August 27th State Representative Greg Harris visited Neon Street Dorms for a celebration honoring his role in increasing funding for programs serving homeless youth. Over breakfast, Representative Harris had a chance to meet with several participants, getting a sense of the impact Neon Street has had on their lives. Harris received several commendations from staff and participants alike in thanks for his willingness to stand up for these vital services.

Learn more about Neon Street Dorms.


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