Dream. Build. Live: 50 Years & Forward
2017 Bickerdike Accomplishments
As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect on not only our work this year but on the five decades preceding it. This year we are celebrating Bickerdike’s 50th anniversary!
Fueled by our mission, Bickerdike continues to build in response to community need. To date, we have built or rehabbed over 1,328 affordable rental and for sale units, and we have an additional 732 units under construction. We provide resident-centered property and asset management services for 1,094 rental units, which house over 3,000 residents. Just this year we completed construction on our 72-unit Nelson Mandela Apartments in west Humboldt Park and we moved forward on some of the largest development and preservation projects in our history. In the summer, we began a large-scale, multi-year rehabilitation project of over 300 older units and in early October, along with our partners, we closed on financing for Phase 1A of the revitalization of the historic Lathrop mixed income development and began construction on these 414 units in 17 buildings.
We continued to collaborate with community partners, and now in our 14th year of convening the Humboldt Park New Communities Program Task Force, dozens of community agencies come together quarterly to learn from each other, share resources, and ultimately improve the quality of life for the people they serve. Bickerdike will continue to connect these grassroots groups to leverage resources for the greater good of communities in need.
We are equally committed to fostering leadership development and a platform for residents to work on priority issues. We offer many ways for residents and members to become involved and effect real change in their communities by joining our Residents Council, serving on our Board of Directors, or simply sharing their own stories to inspire others and to educate the public at large about the real need for community development.
On this noteworthy occasion, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our engaged residents and members, our devoted Board of Directors, our highly skilled staff, and our stalwart supporters in the funding community. We have all witnessed our neighborhoods and the affordable housing industry shift and change, but Bickerdike’s mission has remained ever relevant and kept our work strong. As we pause to celebrate and reflect on 50 years of accomplishments, we know there is more work to be done.
We will move forward into the future to build more housing, revitalize more communities, and connect people to the resources they need to more fully participate in and reap the economic benefits of new development in the Communities they call home. This year’s theme celebrates our legacy and our future: Dream, Build. Live: Fifty Years and Forward. Here’s to the next 50!
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