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Neighborhood Spotlight: Woodlawn

Woodlawn is located on the south side of Chicago, only eight miles from downtown Chicago. The community is bounded by Lake Michigan to the east, 60th Street to the north, Martin Luther King Drive to the west, and 67th Street to the south. Just north is Hyde Park and the University of Chicago, and to Woodlawn’s east are the South Shore neighborhood and Jackson Park, one of the city’s premier parks and golf courses.

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Renew Woodlawn Homeownership Program provides prospective homebuyers, whose household income is up to 120 percent of the Area Median Income, incentives to purchase and rehabilitate homes in the Woodlawn Community of Chicago. The Renew Woodlawn target area is bounded by 60th St. on the north to 67th St. on the south and King Drive on the west to Stony Island Ave. on the east.

Grants are available to eligible homebuyers for down payment and other assistance. All income-qualified homebuyers are eligible for the $15,000 Buyers Incentive. Homebuyers can purchase and rehab a vacant property or buy one that has already been rehabbed.

In order to be eligible for the Renew Woodlawn Homeownership Program, the property must: Have 1-4 Units; Be owner occupied; and Be located within the Woodlawn Community

To request a Renew Woodlawn Homeownership application, prospective home buyers can contact: Ouida Jones, Program Coordinator – Renew Woodlawn Office: 773-329-4159; Email:

For Developers

CII is pleased to announce the Developer Request for Proposal for the Renew Woodlawn Program. The goal is to provide quality, newly rehabbed homes to owner-occupants that will expand home ownership opportunities for the Woodlawn Community Area.

The Developer RFP contains a detailed description of the development program threshold requirements, considerations, and joint marketing efforts offered through the Renew Woodlawn Program

For further assistance please contact Jose Ramos,
(312) 258-0070

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    Neighborhood Office

    Woodlawn Resource Center
    6144 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60637

    Telephone: (773) 329-4106
    Fax: (773) 329-4078

    Contact Us

    Neighborhood News

    Advisory Council

    • Cassandra Guice
    • Debra Buffington Adams
    • Malcolm Williams
    • Terrance Miller
    • Kasey Taylor
    • Phillip Dixon
    • Darius Hennington
    • Ariel Thomas
    • Jose Ramos
    • Felicia Dawson
    • Alice Jones
    • Benjamin Anderson
    • Genora Stone
    • Shavahnna Hardin
    • Lisa Woolfolk
    • Debbie Cortez
    • Lee Foley
    • Ben Anderson
    • Myles Love
    • Gloria Gooden
    • Duane Clayton
    • Espinola Lisa Woolfolk

    Neighborhood Office Staff

    Ouida Jones

    Program Coordinator - Renew Woodlawn

    Harold Warner
    Loan Originator
    (773) 329-4126