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In 2018, we formed a subsidiary organization, the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC). Its mission is to provide the Northwest Side and Belmont Cragin with the tools and resources to preserve affordable housing and prevent displacement, and provide business development assistance to local small businesses.

SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

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BUSINESS OWNER CLASSES

ScaleUp: 8-week class offered through Womens’ Business Development Center
Accelerate Belmont Cragin: Our monthly workshop for business owners to gain tools to grow their business
Kickstart Belmont Cragin: Our monthly workshop to help prospective entrepreneurs start a business

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Business Development Assistance

As a Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) delegate agency, we offer customized business counseling that can help you acquire a storefront, navigate the permit process, and grow your operational, marketing, financing, and human resources capacity.

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Belmont Cragin Avenues for Growth Plan

We are developing strategies for promoting the local business community and improving key corridors (Diversey, Fullerton, and Grand Avenues). The Plan will also explore the linkages between transportation improvements and economic development.


HOUSING PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

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First-Time
Homebuyer Classes

Our free First-Time Homebuyer Class explores the home buying process, from building your credit to closing the deal. Can't make it in-person? Click here to take an online class from our nonprofit partner, Housing and Education Alliance. The online class is $100, and upon completion we will contact you to receive a certificate. 

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Viviendo Unidos
 

Viviendo Unidos, meaning "living united," is a match-and-incentive program for landlords and tenants. We help landlords find responsible tenants, and help tenants find quality housing they can afford.

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Homeowners United
 

Homeowners United was formed in 2009 to give homeowners a voice and platform to tackle the issues that impact them and our community. Issue areas include property taxes, affordable housing development, and advocating for fair and effective usage of the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program.