ONE’s first campaign was a successful effort to get the City Colleges to award $1.5 million in construction contracts to local Latino contractors as they built Truman College in the 1970’s. Since that time we have saved the homes of thousands of low and moderate-income families; improved local schools; changed city and state policies; and brought millions of dollars in resources to the north lakefront communities of Chicago.
In 2001, ONE’s work was recognized by the Woods, Weiboldt, New Prospects and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations as they named ONE as the Community Organization of the year.
Affordable Housing Accomplishments
Lakeview Action Council’s Affordable Housing Task Force has organized a broad affordable housing campaign over the last few years that has successfully made affordable housing a major issue in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. The campaign, named “Room For All,” is broad in scope to allow us to build a large affordable housing constituency, and has worked mainly through two avenues:
- Preservation of Affordable Housing through Section 8
- Creation of Affordable Housing through Set-Asides
- Provided leadership training to over 100 parents from local schools.
- Joined with six other community organizations to create the coalition Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE.) This coalition has partnered with the Gates Foundation to address the drop out rate in Chicago Public Schools.
- Supported 36 parents and community representatives to be elected to local school councils.
- Established the Grow Your Own Teachers Initiative for the North Side of Chicago.
- Created a partnership with Chicago Public Schools Area 2 to involve parents in improving local schools.
- Provided community school classes to 600 children and 80 parents.
- Established parent mentoring project at five local elementary schools to help over 350 students improve academically.
- Won $30,000 to buy LCD projectors for Senn High School with Voices of Students, an ONE member institution led by Senn students.
Mental Health Justice Accomplishments
Violence Prevention Accomplishments
- Established a $1 Million Transitional Jobs program for community members returning from prison.
- Passed the SMART Act with the Developing Justice Coalition to address recidivism and affects of drugs on community.
- Established North Side Community Support Advisory Council to facilitate reintegration of community members returning to north side from prison.
Health Care Accomplishments
Health Care has always been an important issue for Lakeview Action Council. In the last three years, LAC has built or renewed relationships with area legislators, many of whom serve on key health committees in Springfield. As part of United Power for Action & Justice, Lakeview Action Council leaders played a front-line role in the campaign to insure 200,000 low-income parents by expanding the state’s KidCare program into “FamilyCare.”
In the last year, clergy from several of our United Church of Christ (UCC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations have worked with “debtor” patients to lead the effort through LAC to reform unjust discriminatory pricing and predatory debt collection practices at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Lakeview.
- Organized Lutheran and UCC clergy to work with debtors at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
- Won major reforms including: revised charity care policy (system-wide change), informal moratorium on all lawsuits at IMMC, creation of guidelines for the new policy, better signage and training for staff at Illinois Masonic, and at least one seat for an LAC clergy on IMMC’s charity care committee.
- Held a Health Care Assembly in April 2004 with IMMC’s CEO and over 200 community leaders.
- Won commitments from Advocate officials and local political allies to work with us on addressing local specific community healthcare needs.
- Identified specific common healthcare issues through house meetings and created out of that a Healthcare Task Force of leaders from our member institutions.
- Youth leaders conducted participatory action research to investigate and improve relations between youth and police in Rogers Park.
- Worked with student leaders at Uplift Community School to establish the student organizing group.
Economic Justice Accomplishments
- Created the New Americans Loan- the first loan program in the U.S. for the citizenship application fee- now a national model.
- Won $200,000 in funding to train and place community members in construction careers.
- Participated in community action with Rahm Emanuel to develop his understanding of and commitment to immigrant rights.
- Leaders Involved For Transformation (LIFT).
- Initiated a campaign with local churches to host immigrant celebrations and informational workshops for residents.
- Trained community leaders in using participatory theatre exercises to create conversations around criminal justice reform.
- Assisted over 200 people in applying for citizenshipTransformed the Bel-Ray Apartments, a 70-unit SRO building at 3150 N. Racine Ave., from a poorly managed hotel to quality low-income housing that links tenants to social services and jobs.
- Saved 712 W. Diversey from gentrification. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development planned to auction the building to the highest bidder until LAC intervened, forging a plan which will keep the 90-unit building affordable for a mix of low- and moderate-income residents.
- Partnered with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus and Interfaith Housing Development Corporation to create Ruth Shriman House (4040 N. Sheridan Rd.) a unique 83-unit apartment building for low and moderate-income senior citizens. The building, designed with seniors input, opened in 1999.
- Led a broad-based campaign in support of St. Alphonsus Parish that enabled the parish to overcome opposition and to lease its former convent to Deborah’s Place, which now uses the building as a transitional residence for 30 formerly homeless women.
- Formed a new tenants’ union at Belmont Tower, a 276-unit apartment building at 510 W. Belmont Ave., which blocked an attempt by the building’s owner to eliminate affordable Section 8 rents.
- Blocked the sale of the Diplomat Hotel at 3208 N. Sheffield, a 105-unit SRO for low-income tenants.
- Prompted the Chicago Police Department to create a permanent nighttime bike patrol as part of a project to reduce hate crimes and improve community policing in Lakeview and North Center. Hate crimes were reduced by 50% in Lakeview and North Center in the first year of the project.
- Won a 5-year renewal of Section 8 status for Rienzi Plaza at 600 W. Diversey to preserve 148 project-based Section 8 units.
- Won the expansion of Cook County Class 9 tax break, an incentive for developers to build or rehab affordable housing. The tax break was formerly only available in low and moderate-income census tracts.
- Created the Lakeview North Center Schools Alliance Against Hate, a unique partnership between LAC and local public and private schools working together to promote new initiatives on teaching an exploring the issues of diversity and tolerance in the schools.
- Played a frontline role through United Power for Action and Justice in the on-going campaign to expand affordable healthcare to low-income families through FamilyCare in Illinois. Helped create a dental van for homeless youth and adults, and partnered with SRO tenants to create a smoking cessation at the Belray, a Lakefront SRO building
- Won commitments from Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward to support a mandatory city-wide set-aside ordinance. We are working to win a commitment from Alderman Vi Daley, 43rd Ward, and Alderman Ted Matlak, 32nd ward.