Our mission

The Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) identifies and responds to the needs of the community by leveraging resources to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in Belmont Cragin and the surrounding communities.


Our Story

“Work with residents to respond to the needs and strengthen the community.”
That was Reverend Christine Schrey's founding vision for the Northwest Side Housing Center. In 2003, Rev. Schrey and the Northwest Neighborhood Federation opened the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) in the basement of Christ Lutheran Church. Since then we have helped thousands of homeowners stay in their homes, buy their first homes, and help better manage their financial situation.

In addition, we have organized and empowered community members on quality of life issues surrounding education, older adults, youth, safety, and housing. The NWSHC has evolved into the lead community agency for Belmont Cragin. We remain committed to Rev. Schrey's vision and have expanded our focus to: community organizing, leadership development, place making, and providing free community programs and services.




community residents are involved and engaged at all levels of our work.


provide quality programs and services that meet the needs of the community


residents are leaders who have the power to create change in their community

Our Financials: 

 Where does your support go? Every dollar in our budget enables us to respond to the needs of the community.  

Our Team: 

We are a dedicated team of movers and shakers who live our mission to ENGAGE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER the community.

Our Supporters: 

We couldn’t respond to the needs of the community without the generous support of our donors, funders, and partners.