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Network of Woodlawn

Year founded



Wesley Walker

Executive Director

NCP staff

Arvin K. Strange

NCP director

Ryan Priester

NCP organizer

Contact information

6320 S. Dorchester Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-6942

Organization mission

To act as a catalyst to ensure the community is redeveloped and revitalized, and to build and maintain housing that poor people can live in—not poor people’s housing. Through this commitment to diverse residential housing opportunities—and support of commercial uses—NCP Woodlawn works to achieve an economically and racially integrated population in Woodlawn.

NCP Woodlawn is a partnership of Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation, The Woodlawn Organization and the University of Chicago .

Vision for the future

Within the next 10 years, Woodlawn will be one of the most attractive and desirable communities in Chicago. An expanded range of housing choices will serve current residents as well as newcomers. The population will be growing because of excellent schools, a thriving business district, safe streets, strong employment possibilities and our enviable location, close to transportation, parks and the University of Chicago. Building on its long tradition of civic involvement, Woodlawn will be a vibrant place where everyone can get involved in neighborhood life through organizations, churches, artist communities, youth programs and small businesses.

Strong parent involvement, partnerships, new school options, after-school activities and high academic standards will make our schools an excellent choice for local families.

The community will provide an ample choice of quality affordable housing, encourage development of new homes and condominiums and provide support to homeowners and renters to maintain quality housing.

Employment networks will connect residents to skills training programs and well-paid jobs locally and throughout the region, and specialized programs will serve those with scant work experience, gaps in their employment history or criminal records.

Accomplishments to date

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