History of the NWSHC

“Work with residents to strengthen the community.”

That was Rev. Christine Schrey’s founding vision for the Northwest Side Housing Center. In 2003, Rev. Schrey, along with leaders from the Northwest Neighborhood Federation opened the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) in the basement of Christ Lutheran Church. The NWSHC initially offered first-time homebuyer counseling and default prevention assistance. Since then, the NWSHC has become the lead community agency for the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and is still committed to Rev. Schrey’s vision by expanding and innovating to address the challenges facing Chicago’s northwest side.

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History of the Northwest Side Housing Center

  • 1999-2001 – The Northwest Neighborhood Federation begins organizing on predatory lending issues with Rev. Christine Schrey of Christ Lutheran Church.
  • 2003 – NWSHC officially opens in the basement of Christ Lutheran Church
  • 2004 – NWSHC receives 501(c)3 status and begins growing it’s staff, resources and clients.
  • 2007 – NWSHC becomes a HUD-Certificated Housing Counseling Agency. The organization hires it’s first full-time bilingual Housing Counselor.
  • 2008 – Rev. Schrey retires as the Executive Director of NWSHC. Cathy Lazuka and Michele R. Taylor join the Housing Center as Co-Executive Directors.
  • 2012 – James Rudyk Jr. is hired as the NWSHC’s first full-time Executive Director. NWSHC hires a Polish speaking counselor, becoming the only tri-lingual organization on Chicago’s northwest side.
  • 2013 – Expanded to a staff of 25 and grew annual budget to over $1 million.
  • 2014 – Illinois Housing Development Authority and Gov. Pat Quinn named NWSHC Affordable Housing Champion as Housing Counseling Agency of the year.
  • 2015-Present – NWSHC purchased, renovated and moved into a new office space at 5233. W. Diversey Avenue, twice the size of it’s previous space!