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Little Village (South Lawndale)

Enlace Chicago

Year founded

1990

Leadership

Michael D. Rodriguez

Executive Director

NCP staff


Alheli Herrera

NCP organizer

Contact information

Main office 2756 S. Harding Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773 542-9233
Fax: 773 542-9241
Education Office 2757 S. Keeler Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773 522-2773
Violence Prevention Office 2300 S. Millard Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773 320-0367


http://www.enlacechicago.org

Organization mission

To ensure balanced development and a sustainable future for the community that is respectful to all stakeholders: working families, youth, seniors, faith communities, local businesses and organizations. Enlace Chicago organizes community residents and collaborates with, supports and partners with other groups in interests of new community initiatives, projects and services.

Vision for the future

To reduce violence, improve schools, create jobs, add green space and recreational activities, build a new shopping district, organize residents, develop comprehensive healthcare and day care services, and further argument cultural education and tourism through the arts.

Accomplishments to date

Founded in 1990 as Little Village Community Development Corp. by a group of community residents united to promote development of a large, former industrial site at 26th and Kostner, the renamed Enlace Chicago has become a community leader on issues of violence prevention, school improvement, immigrants’ rights, and economic development.

LVCDC hired its first staff and opened its office in 1998. In 2001, it was instrumental in securing the building of a new high school on 31st & Kostner. After the Chicago Public Schools failed on its promise to build the new school, LVCDC organized with community residents to hold planning meetings and eventually a hunger strike. Now that the construction of the high school has begun, LVCDC is busy with curriculum planning sessions for the new school, while expanding its education improvement efforts into other community schools, hoping to create an “education renaissance” in the neighborhood.

LVCDC has also been successful in its efforts to organize local block clubs and the Violence Prevention Collaborative; to retain existing industry and attract new companies to its industrial corridor; to secure funding and partners for a Mexican Immigrants’ Resource Center; and to solicit resident input as well as professional planning assistance for the development of the 26th & Kostner site.

The organization changed its name to Enlace Chicago in late 2008.

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