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2021 Bickerdike Accomplishments
Dear Friends and Neighbors
During another year of hardship for many families in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Bickerdike continues to serve as a pillar of strength and resiliency in our communities. At the end of 2021, we reflect on what has been a challenging year, yet one filled with significant progress and growth. For 54 years, we have provided safe, stable housing to Chicago’s low- and moderate-income families. Now, more than ever, our work is crucial to ensuring the well-being and economic vitality of our communities.
Bickerdike made enormous strides in advancing our work in 2021. We completed construction at Emmett Street Apartments, a 100-unit 100% affordable development in the heart of Logan Square. This project demonstrates the immense need for affordable housing, especially in gentrifying communities where Latino and Black families are being displaced. Our staff, Board, and partners came together to accomplish a successful, safe, and transparent waitlist opening and lottery process for Emmett Street Apartments, with nearly 700 people requesting an application.
We also ensured the preservation of Victory Apartments, which included the recapitalization and rehabilitation of 107 affordable apartments in nine vintage buildings, and construction was substantially completed at year end as well. We wrapped up the year with closing on financing and beginning construction on Lathrop Phase 1B, which includes the historic preservation of 74 apartments and an Advancement Center for residents.
It was a productive year and we continued to provide outstanding service to our residents while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols. We worked collaboratively to submit hundreds of successful rental assistance applications on behalf of Bickerdike households. In partnership with Elevate Energy, we made progress on an electrification program at La Paz Place which converts these three buildings and 44 apartments to 100% electric power, including heating and cooling, electric appliances along with other measures to reduce our energy consumption as well as our carbon footprint.
After more than a year of social distancing and continued hardship for many in the face of COVID-19, we held over 100 events and programs for residents to come together, learn, and build community. Thanks to a generous grant, we were able to provide thousands of dollars of food support to Victory residents as part of the Resilient Communities Program.
This year’s theme is Grow with Us, representing our immensely productive year and the exciting opportunity to expand our work. In this report, you will see what this means for Bickerdike and our legacy of community-driven development work. We invite all of our partners, supporters, members, and residents to grow with us as we accomplish our mission driven work in 2022 and beyond.