Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

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Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

-James Baldwin


The last week has marked important demonstrations against the racism that is embedded in our systems. As we have during our over 50-year history, we stand in solidarity with our residents, staff, board, the Black community, and those on the front lines of the protests as the struggle for justice continues.

In these times of uncertainty, our work must move forward. The housing crisis in this country is a challenge that many face, but one that has disproportionately affected minorities. Severely cost-burdened, poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like eviction.

Bickerdike is addressing these challenges head-on in our work every day. We are preserving our current housing stock with recapitalization and rehabilitation projects such as the Victory Apartments Preservation, and working on new construction developments such as the Emmett Street Apartments project. Additionally, we are engaged in promoting equitable housing and balanced development policy initiatives, both through advocacy and organizing efforts.

Access to equitable housing should be a right for all people, regardless of their race.

Since 1967 we have carried out our mission by providing resident-engaged, high-quality affordable housing, struggling against gentrification and displacement, promoting economic development by creating and preserving jobs, and advocating for additional resources.

We are committed to redoubling our efforts in 2020 and beyond to ensure that Chicago remains a city for all of its diverse residents and that everyone can depend on an array of housing options within their reach that they can call home, in more equitable communities where all its members prosper.

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