Bickerdike welcomed 11 guests for dinner and discussion as part of an On The Table event on May 17, 2017. Held each year in May, On The Table is a special initiative of the Chicago Community Trust (CCT); it is designed to promote community building and the sharing of ideas among diverse groups as they enjoy a meal together. According to CCT, nearly 100,000 people participated this year all across the Chicago region; that is almost double last year’s attendance.
At Bickerdike’s event, attendees included a mix of some residents of Bickerdike housing, representatives from nearby community organizations, interested neighbors, and staff; most of the guests called Humboldt Park home. Bickerdike staff used a survey designed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to guide the discussion about the most urgent issues facing our community. CMAP’s survey is part of an extensive community engagement process to gather data to complete a plan for the region. The plan will be titled On To 2050 and it will be used to advise policy makers on where resources and attention should be focused over the next 30-40 years.
The survey measures the public’s concerns on five topics that will affect everyone’s future: climate change, more walkable communities, innovations/changes in transportation, a decrease in public resources, and the effects of a transformed economy/work force. Those who attended Bickerdike’s On The Table event expressed the most concern about how dwindling state and federal resources will negatively affect their communities; they worried it would result in even less available affordable housing and less funding for the schools. The way technology is changing the region’s workforce was another area that caused anxiety for the group; they hoped that the region’s education system would shift to accommodate those changes so young people could have a better chance at acquiring the skills they need to be able to compete for the new, higher paying jobs. All in all the group enjoyed thinking about and openly discussing the issues raised over the course of the meal. Many guests exchanged contact information with their new acquaintances so they could meet later to collaborate on community projects.
We are proud to announce the forthcoming recapitalization and rehab of our award winning West Town Housing Partners Phase I and Phase II housing developments. Bickerdike is a mission driven not for profit and core to our mission is community development by and for the benefits of low and moderate income residents and our work against gentrification and displacement. We are in the business of providing quality affordable housing and our mission drives the revitalization of these two developments. Read more »
Public safety is a concern for many of us and a top priority for Bickerdike. One of the ways that we can ensure that our neighborhoods are safe is to be informed and engaged, and attendance at our local beat meetings is one way to do that. Read more »
Please consider giving a donation to Bickerdike this year.
#GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity and annual reminder to donate, but remember: we accept donations any day of the year! Read more »
The first of 13 buildings has been completed and tenants have moved in, so it’s time to celebrate the opening of our Nelson Mandela Apartments! Read more »
Bickerdike staff watched the weather obsessively during the week before Saturday’s BBQ hoping that the wind and rain wouldn’t make a comeback from last year’s event. Luckily, the threats of storms were no match for their will as the sun shone brightly on the event.
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Though the rainy and windy weather didn’t cooperate for last year’s inaugural event, a dedicated group of members and staff came out to get to know each other and enjoy food, fun and games!
Our goal remains getting to know our members on a more social level and introducing our work to more neighbors. Informed and engaged members help to guide the work we do throughout the year. They also vote on important issues and in the election of our board members during our Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
If you’re a member, you can RSVP online here (you must log in).
If you’re not a member, there’s still time to submit a membership application. Click here for info.
Oh behalf of our residents, members, Board of Directors, and staff, we express our sincerest gratitude to Bank of America for its grant of $25,000 in support of our 2016 Affordable Housing Preservation and Restoration Initiative. This investment will have a significant impact on our work this year namely our new 72-unit Nelson Mandela Apartments in west Humboldt Park, the rehabilitation and preservation of hundreds of older units in our vast housing portfolio across our five target community areas, and our ongoing community engagement and organizing efforts.
Join us on Saturday, June 25th as Bickerdike residents, staff and members come together to talk the 31st Annual Hunger Walk in support of La Casa Norte‘s work to end hunger in our communities! Read more »
Bickerdike Apartments is opening its project-based Section 8 waiting list. All of our project-based Section 8 properties are located in the West Town, Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities and include townhomes and multi-family buildings. Unit sizes include 3 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms. All of our project-based Section 8 units are rented in accordance with Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. The photos shown via the property’s link are a sampling of building types: 1704 N. Humboldt Building, Victory Apartments, West Town Phase I, and West Town Phase II. Read more »