Safety Organizing

The Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) has expanded our organizing efforts into the realm of safety through our work with the Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP) and in the Chicago Public Schools with the Parent Mentor Program. By organizing around safety issues in Chicagoland, we can create stronger communities for years to come.

The NWSHC’s safety organizing efforts surround issues like gang violence, unsafe intersections near our local schools, and increasing the police presence in our neighborhood. Although our safety organizing is relatively new, the organization has already gathered groups to march for safety in our neighborhood and held an emergency safety meeting bringing more than 200 community residents together to deal with the assault of a young girl in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. As part of our safety efforts the NWSHC also holds frequent neighborhood clean-ups for local parks and specific blocks.

Through the MMRP program, the NWSHC has also started to organize existing homeowners, creating block clubs. The goal is to have a block club on every block in the MMRP area. Block clubs are vital to struggling neighborhoods dealing with safety issues. By getting involved in a block club, residents meet their neighbors, learn about issues in their area, and can work as a team to improve the safety and accountability of neighborhood residents.

To get involved in our safety efforts or to start a block club in your neighborhood, contact Vanessa Valentin at vvalentin@nwshc.org.