HABITAT CHICAGO AT WORK IN GREATER GRAND CROSSING
Habitat Chicago has started working in Greater Grand Crossing. We hope to build on the existing strengths of the community to help make it a more prosperous area for its current and future residents. Our current work in Greater Grand Crossing includes:
Design Charrette and Community Survey: As part of community planning efforts in Greater Grand Crossing, Habitat Chicago hosted a design charrette to initiate a better understanding of opportunities in the neighborhood. We brought together approximately 50 residents, organization leaders and planning experts to evaluate ideas for building a stronger neighborhood and improving design performance. This event resulted in collaborative groups exploring investment options for Greater Grand Crossing as well as community-led surveys aimed at capturing resident perceptions and ideas for their neighborhood.
Neighborhood Grants Initiative: This initiative, developed from our experience with our Block Build program, provides support for small-scale projects to neighbors who want to do something together in order to show pride in their block. It is a chance for neighbors to reconnect with each other and their community while simultaneously improving the visual appeal of their environment. Learn more about the program here.
Home Weatherization and Energy Efficiency: An aging housing stock in Greater Grand Crossing necessitates weatherization interventions to keep utility bills low and home environments comfortable. We currently distribute robust home weatherization and energy efficiency kits to residents in tandem with workshops on home efficiency measures provided by our partner organization, Sustainable Options for Urban Living. Learn more about the program here.
Affordable Homeownership: We will begin new home construction in Greater Grand Crossing as soon as we finish our land acquisition process. These homes will be purchased by families in need of affordable housing who qualify for our Affordable Homeownership Program and commit to taking homeownership courses and completing volunteer hours building their own homes. Learn more about the program here.