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Housing is essential in our lives. Access to housing provides the context within which we experience some of our greatest moments. In this campaign we are highlighting the wonderful ways that access to affordable, attractive, and secure housing has enhanced our lives. Partner with us by donating below to ensure that North Lawndale residents know the joy that stable housing provides.
Lawndale Christian Development Corporation is bringing holistic revitalization by stabilizing and beautifying the North Lawndale Area. In 2019, we will boost home ownership rates by renovating 2-flats, bring modernization to existing properties, and launch CANAAN II, our affordable new construction single family project for ownership. Through prayer and passion LCDC is reigniting the vitality and pride in a stable and healthy North Lawndale!
Investing In What We Have
LCDC currently manages a portfolio of 134 rental units. The quality and affordability of our housing has resulted near 100% occupancy. Preservation of this vital community resource must be a priority. As we look forward to the next decade, we are actively identifying capital improvements that can and must be made to keep these properties affordable and viable for years to come. Addressing exterior issues such as masonry and lintels will protect these buildings for the next generation. Upgrades to kitchens and baths and new flooring will continue our tradition of high quality housing that reflects the dignity and pride of our residents.
North Lawndale is home to some of the most stately housing stock in the city. The brick and limestone structures that fill our streets are excellent candidates for renovation and the common 2-flat configuration is a proven recipe for affordable ownership and wealth creation. LCDC is currently renovating four beautiful 2 flat Greystones here in the neighborhood. The purchasers of these iconic buildings will not only experience quality construction in classic Chicago architecture but will also have a second unit that can be leveraged as a reliable income stream.
Boosting Home Ownership
Despite the turmoil following the great recession, home ownership can still be a wise path to financial stability and wealth creation. LCDC is a strong supporter of local home ownership that creates assets not burdens. With our support, North Lawndale has its first community wide home owners association [North Lawndale Homeowners Association]! The home owners association took the lead to secure $2.3 million dollars for renovations to the Fredrick Douglass Library located on 13th & Homan as its first major campaign.
New Construction of Single Family Homes
LCDC is re-entering the new construction market with the Canaan II program! North Lawndale has hundreds of vacant lots that are prime opportunities for the construction of new homes. There are many possible uses for these properties but LCDC’s desire is to see as many as possible become home ownership opportunities for local residents. Our original Canaan homes of the early 2000’s provided their owners with quality construction with a contemporary look and true affordability. LCDC is in the early stages of developing similar homes for 15 lots we currently have possession of.