Auburn Gresham Community Vision

Planning and designing a health clinic, affordable housing, and green technology hub to catalyze opportunities for neighbors.

Neighborhood Network in Action

The Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Network is using catalytic development to jumpstart local economic growth and create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Increased access to healthcare, a growing green economy, and affordable housing will strengthen the neighborhood significantly.

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Strengthening Auburn Gresham

  • New Federally Qualified Health Clinic run by Chicago Family Health Center serving 8,000 patients annually
  • Jumpstarting renewable energy industry on Chicago’s south side, bringing long-term, sustainable jobs for a variety of skill levels
  • 100 units of affordable housing
  • Job training for 300 community members and comprehensive support services

Coalition Highlights

The Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Network has received the support from Foundations, the city of Chicago, and coalition partners to successfully launch and execute a number of community initiatives.

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Foundation and Local Support

  • 2020 Pritzker Traubert Foundation Chicago Prize Winner. Awarded $10 million to support community-led, investment-ready initiatives that will create a better economic future for residents.
  • INVEST South/West Community—An unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot.
  • Received a $100,000 grant for a school-based health center and satellite center at Cook Elementary.
  • Received a $75,000 grant for Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, bringing high quality, culturally responsive teachers to Auburn Gresham GOLD schools.

Community Initiatives

  • Launched COVID-19 Rapid Response Community Hub, providing immediate and direct relief via cash assistance, food distribution, and PPE supplies.
  • Launched Siemer Institute initiative to support consistent education for homeless children and support for their parents.

Hear from your neighbors and supporters

Alene Mason

Principal, Scott Joplin Elementary School

“We are trying to build model schools by sharing resources in order to take all of our schools to the next level. What keeps me excited about this work is regardless of what school a child goes to, as long as it’s an Auburn Gresham GOLD school, I know they will have a quality education.”

Pat Canning

Board Chair, United Way of Metro Chicago; Vice Chairman, Cresset

“At KPMG, we believe in United Way’s model as a catalyst to help fuel agencies who can make the greatest impact on improving lives in Chicago. We recognize it will take a sustained effort over time to really move the needle. That’s why we are proud to have made a five year pledge to support the Neighborhood Network Initiative.”

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