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 Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Wins Award for Outstanding
Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project
Roseland Place development praised for reinvigorating Roseland neighborhood

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CHICAGO (February 28, 2012) – Through community collaboration and sustainable innovation, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), in partnership with Mercy Housing Lakefront, expanded senior housing and services on the South Side with opening of Roseland Place. For this development the organization was honored with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project at the 18th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, managed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago). The award is given annually to recognize a project that meets community needs, involves local residents in the planning process, overcomes obstacles, and demonstrates creativity in its design and financing.

When Chicago’s booming steel industry shut down, many Roseland jobs went with it, resulting in the vacant lots and abandoned buildings that are the signature of widespread disinvestment.  Local senior residents were left to cope in a community that offered few resources. NHS of Chicago saw an opportunity to meet senior housing needs while anchoring community revitalization. 

After assessing the needs of older residents, NHS of Chicago developed Roseland Place, a five- story, 60-apartment building for seniors built on a two-block former brownfield site along South Michigan Avenue. The L-shaped structure is adjacent to the intergenerational, affordable, two-story “Grandfamily” building, a two-story, also developed by NHS. With the existing supportive living facility, the buildings form the Roseland Senior Campus – a LEED certified development featuring solar hot water, Energy Star appliances and low flow plumbing. The development of Roseland Place was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Chicago.

Residents have access to an onsite coordinator, linking tenants to formal education classes and social services. A meeting room with a warming kitchen, billiards center, computer lab, library and hair salon enhance the development of true “community.”

“Our goal was to create a welcoming, home-like environment that provided seniors with easy access to the services and community facilities they needed,” said Ed Jacob, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.  “With the completion of Roseland Place and the upcoming opening of the Intergenerational Living Facility, we’re able to address the needs of Roseland seniors at any stage of independence.”

About CNDA

This year’s ceremony, held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, attracted more than 1400 people, including CNDA chair Wim Elfrink, executive vice president and chief globalization officer of Cisco, and leaders of Chicago’s non-profit, corporate and philanthropic sectors.  A forum, following a fast-paced presentation style, was held prior to the award ceremony. Four city leaders from varying fields presented their five big ideas for making the 21st century city.

Established in 1995, CNDA recognizes outstanding achievements in neighborhood real estate development and community building, especially the achievements of community development corporations, other community-based organizations, and for-profit developers working to build healthier neighborhoods in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago) manages the awards, in keeping with its mission to combine corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize city neighborhoods. LISC Chicago has invested $179 million in local comprehensive development programs, leveraging an additional $4.7 billion in community investment from other sources. The result is 29,000 units of affordable housing, over 5 million square feet of commercial space, and a variety of social and economic development programs.

“Community development is a complicated business and requires the participation of many people and institutions – from neighborhood residents to government officials, corporate leaders, developers and architects,” said Susana L. Vasquez, LISC Chicago’s executive director. “Our purpose at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards is to acknowledge and celebrate those individuals and organizations whose ingenuity and creativity make Chicago such a great city.”
This year’s awards are generously underwritten by:

Allstate; Bank of America; BMO Harris Bank; Charter One; Chase; The Chicago Community Trust; Cisco; Citi; LISC/Chicago; Northern Trust; PNC; Polk Bros. Foundation; The Private Bank; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; State Farm; US Bank; Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, PC; Brinshore Development; Camiros, Ltd.; Chicago Bears; Chicago Community Loan Fund; Cole Taylor Bank; Community Reinvestment Fund; Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.; Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; Fifth Third Bank ; FirstMerit Bank; The Habitat Company; Holsten Real Estate Development; Illinois Housing Development Authority; MB Financial Bank; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Matanky Realty; Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.; National Equity Fund; Reznick Group; Teska Associates, Inc.; Urban Development Fund, LLC; Urban Partnership Bank; and The Walsh Group.

For more information, visit www.lisc-cnda.org.

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