The Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) is a community-based, non-profit organization that engages, educates and empowers the community to improve housing for all.  We accomplish our mission through housing counseling, financial education, community organizing, outreach, advocacy and supportive services. We focus on affordable housing, quality education and issues affecting older adults.

The Northwest Side Housing Center is a 501c3 non-profit HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency that provides FREE foreclosure prevention and loan modification services to homeowners. The NWSHC is a proud member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). The Northwest Side Housing Center is also a community organizing agency that organizes around three issues; housing, education, and older adults.



The Northwest Side Housing Center Wins the Illinois Affordable Housing Champion Award as the Housing Counseling Agency of the Year

Chicago, IL – Just weeks after the Northwest Side Housing Center, a HUD-certified nonprofit housing counseling and community organization, celebrated 11 years of service to residents of Chicago's northwest side, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and Governor Pat Quinn named the organization an Affordable Housing Champion as Housing Counseling Agency of the Year.

"We are thrilled to acknowledge Northwest Side Housing Center's dedication and excellence with this award," IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said. "We know firsthand the value of housing counseling and we thank you for your tireless efforts.

A group of IHDA administrators and executives chose the Northwest Side Housing Center as agency of the year amidst a pool of 55 agencies because of the organization's recent growth in staff size, budget, and programs offered. In addition, IHDA recognized great depth and variety of services offered to local residents, which is highlighted by strong bonds between staff, board members and community residents.

"We are so honored to have won this award. It means a lot that the tireless work of the organization and our commitment to the community is being recognized," said James W. Rudyk, Jr. Executive Director.

The Northwest Side Housing Center received the Counseling Agency of the Year award at the 2014 Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

Started in 2003, the Northwest Side Housing Center's mission is the engage, educate and empower the community to improve housing for all. In 2013, the NWSHC provided foreclosure prevention counseling to over 1,500 families and financial education, including first-time homebuyer preparation to over 500.

For more information on the Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing, visit the website.

Spotlight Series: Schurz Seniors Strategize Savings with Social Media

On a Wednesday afternoon this spring 11 Carl Schurz High School seniors spilled into a small conference room at the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC). Whether it was the food, Thai on this particular occasion, or the social media internship itself that brought the students together wasn’t immediately clear, as clamor around the table floated between the two.

“I’m sorry, don’t de-friend me,” announced one student as she made her way back to the table, referring to the social media site Facebook.

The students, flocking to the NWSHC from Schurz a mile or so down the road every Wednesday, come for more than social media chatter. The internship is focused on teaching students how use various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to share financial knowledge with friends, family, and media peers.

“Hashtag budgeting,” another student said to the group, invoking laughter over the Instagram term.

Luis Gonzales, a financial coach at the NWSHC, leads the lessons. By the end of the 10 week internship participating students will have created financial education based YouTube videos, and will present them to students at local Chicago public elementary schools.  

Spotlight Series: Event Pictures from Celebrate Home

Check out some pictures from the Northwest Side Housing Center's annual fundraiser, Celebrate Home! With nearly 500 community members, partners, parents, and funders in the audience, the event turned out to be a total success.


Spotlight Series: Celebrate Home Video

Check out the video we showed at our annual Celebrate Home event Thursday, April 3!

Spotlight Series: Emergency Safety Meeting

In December the Northwest Side Housing Center held an emergency safety meeting following the assault of a 15-year-old girl in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. The prodding of police and public officials led to substantial action. The voices of nearly 200 concerned neighborhood residents did not go unheard or ignored, and the suspected perpetrator of the assault has been arrested.

In addition, NWSHC community organizers have met with the 25th Police District Commander Kevin Navarro and Chicago Public School's Chief Security and Safety Officer Jadine Chou. Working together we created a special pilot street safety program for 6th-12th graders in 25th police district schools. The new curriculum aims to bring awareness to potential dangers and instructs students on how to protect themselves. The NWSHC also met with school principals in the 25th police district, proposing the curriculum and assigning dates for presentations in the schools.