Chicago, as a city, is at a crossroads. Chicago can’t call itself a world-class city if it allows the south and west sides to just drift. It can’t call itself a successful city if its citizens struggle to afford to live there. In this critical moment, we must work to change public perceptions of affordable housing, making it clear to people that it’s not a giveaway, but is instead an investment a modern city must make. Through affordable housing, the city will live up to its promise of being a place for all its citizens.
-Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member, photographer and author
On March 4, 2020, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) hosted its annual awards dinner celebrating 45 years of the agency's transformative impact throughout the city. The event brought together over 400 NHS supporters including Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, City of Chicago Housing Commissioner, Marisa Novara, and featured keynote speaker, Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member, photographer and author.
NHS is grateful for the generosity of our donors and event sponsors, including Transformative Partners, State Farm and U.S. Bank. Together, we raised more than $465,000 in support of NHS’ critical work on Chicago’s South and West sides. These funds will ensure working-class families are able to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their neighborhoods.
We were pleased to honor three trailblazers and their organizations for their
work to create safe and sustainable communities. Marsha Cruzan, representing U.S. Bank, received the inaugural Transformative Impact Award. Hipolito (Paul) Roldan of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation received our Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award. Community activist Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, received this year's Community Impact Award.
HIPOLITO (Paul) ROLDÁN
These individuals have worked diligently to revitalize neighborhoods in their own way - through facilitating capital investment, the development of affordable housing, and challenging norms to make neighborhoods safe for youth. They consistently strive to make Chicago a place where people of all backgrounds can feel comfortable calling our City home.
NHS remains committed to working in neighborhoods, and with you, to broaden and deepen our impact as an agency and to effectively serve our communities for years to come.
If you were not able to attend our annual awards dinner, you can always support the work of NHS by donating online or by sending your donation to Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, 1279 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60622. Once again, thank you for your ongoing commitment to providing access to affordable housing and revitalizing our underserved neighborhoods.
NHS Interim President & Chief Operating Officer
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
- BMO Harris Bank
- Northern Trust
- Tony Smith and Michael Helen Woods
- Chapman and Cutler LLP
- Community Savings Bank
- Fifth Third Bank
- JP Morgan Chase
- Republic Bank of Chicago
- Wintrust Financial Corporation
- Associated Bank
- Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
- COUNTRY Financial
- First Midwest Bank
- Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
- Huntington Bank
- Inland Bank and Trust
- Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum
- Old Second National Bank
- Providence Bank & Trust
- PurePoint Financial
- TCF Bank
- Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
- Southwest Home Equity Assurance Program
- Alliant Insurance Services
- Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
- Chicago Community Load Fund
- Chicago Housing Authority
- Community Investment Corporation
- Hoyne Savings Bank
- Raila & Associates