WHP has long been neglected in terms of development, as evidenced by its old housing stock, many vacant residential and storefront lots, no major places of employment, and few local businesses. Currently the community suffers from lack of opportunities in employment and affordable housing, the unemployment rate in our community prior to recession was 14% and close to 75% of residents income is spent on housing. Blocks Together is committed to advocating for more resources in affordable, employment and job training. Our goal is to impact policy and practices around resource allocation of public funds for more direct benefit in the community around critical employment and housing needs.
Housing and Economic Justice Committee
BT is committed to advocating for more resources in affordable housing, employment and job training. Our goal is to impact policy and practices around resource allocation of public funds and goods for more direct benefit in the community around critical employment and housing needs. BT members long term goal in our Housing Economic Justice (HEJ) committee is to make Tax Increment Financing and other tax credit resources be allocated through demonstrated direct benefit of funds for the current community’s needs and to mandate community involvement in the process to ensure equity. To learn more about BT’s work in reforming Tax Increment Financing you can download our TIF Toolkit Report.
Blocks Together’s long term work on Tax Increment Financing reform was recently highlighted in a co-authored report with Participatory Budget Group, and the Great Cities Institute. The report is a community friendly toolkit that shares lessons learned on the journey of Blocks Together winning $2 million in community voted projects for the West Humboldt Park community. The report can also be found on our website. In addition to the release of the report, a new documentary on Participatory Budget in the United States and BT’s work was highlighted in the documentary as well as on Chicago Tonight.