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Knowing that there was such a thing as outdoors bred in us a hunger for property, for ownership. The firm possession of a yard, a porch, a grape arbor. Propertied black people spent all their energies, all their love, on their nests. Like frenzied, desperate birds, they over decorated everything;...
On the South Side of Chicago, a single mother has just been evicted from her apartment. She works full time to support her family and has never been late on a rent check, but even so, she has been given 60 days to vacate. The whole apartment complex is being sold or renovated or demolished—she doesn...
A few weeks ago, Shuanta Sampson finally accomplished what she had set out to do over 12 months ago. She packed all of her belongings into a few small suitcases, she gathered her three children to make sure they were ready, she took a deep breath and she shut the door on her old life of unsafe...
What happens when 300 formidable women come together in a celebration of strength and support for a fellow woman and her family? An amazing thing called Habitat Chicago Women Build 2017, that’s what! After much deliberation, we have given our best go at capturing the wonder of Women Build in this...
Well, here’s some good news we can’t stop talking about: thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Habitat Chicago tithed $100,000 to our sister affiliate, Habitat Malawi, last fiscal year. The National Director of Habitat Malawi, Kelvin Kalonga, visited Chicago last month to share how our tithe...

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