COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Since 2003, the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) has fulfilled its mission to respond to the needs of the community by preserving affordable housing and fostering economic growth. Our Community Development efforts focus on affordable housing, preventing displacement, and supporting homeowners experiencing affordability and property tax issues. And our small business development efforts provide entrepreneurs capacity- and wealth-building opportunities such as scaling up their operations or transitioning from renting to owning their store front.

 

SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

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Scale Up:
Belmont Cragin

Are you a small business owner looking for the tools to grow your business? Sign up for ScaleUp, a free and intensive 8-week program presented at the NWSHC by partners at Women's Business Development Center.

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Business Development Assistance

Whether your business is new or established, we can help you build your operational capacity, and help you acquire the knowledge and resources to own your storefront.

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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 affordable housing.

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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.