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Jose Luis Lopez of Hermosa of Chicago

The Land Bank made homeownership near Lopez’s childhood neighborhood affordable Jose Luis Lopez wanted to live in the Hermosa neighborhood, where he was raised.  But the home prices are high, and that made it hard for him to get a bank loan. “Because I am self- employed, it’s complicated to get lending at a high price point,” said Lopez, who has his own home inspection business. Lopez learned about the Cook County Land Bank Authority’s Homebuyer Direct Program, which sells vacant homes to homebuyers at below-market rates, as long as they rehab the property and then live in the home. [...]

By | 2020-09-21T14:52:43+00:00 September 21st, 2020|Stories of Impact|Comments Off on Jose Luis Lopez of Hermosa of Chicago

Jillian Hardy of Richton Park

Eviction from one home landed woman in a vacant home that became her own When Jillian Hardy's father died in August 2016, she sank into a depression.  She took off work for seven months and stopped paying her bills.  As a result, she got an eviction notice for her Lansing, Ill., home, where she lived for 18 years.  She immediately began looking for another house and found a vacant property in Richton Park through the Cook County Land Bank Authority’s website. Using the services of a realtor, she visited the house, prayed over it, anointed each door knob and claimed [...]

By | 2020-09-21T14:55:05+00:00 September 21st, 2020|Stories of Impact|Comments Off on Jillian Hardy of Richton Park

Tamara Crossley of Chicago Heights

A house that once sat vacant in Chicago Heights is now bustling with its activity from its new owner Tamara Crossley and her two teenage children. “I love the home,” she said. “I love the neighborhood. I encourage anyone to utilize the services of the Land Bank. I think it’s a great opportunity not only for people to become homeowners, but to be able to come into something where you’re not under water, where you do have equity in your home.” In August 2019, Tamara purchased the four-bedroom, two-bath home for $71,407 through the Land Bank’s Homebuyer Direct Program, which [...]

By | 2020-09-21T12:34:30+00:00 September 21st, 2020|Stories of Impact|Comments Off on Tamara Crossley of Chicago Heights

Cook County Land Bank Authority Keeps Flower Business Thriving in its Roseland Home

“It’s a beautiful day to buy flowers, balloons and more.” That’s the greeting you’ll likely hear for the long run when Starnella Johnson, owner of Ambassador Floral, or one of her staff members answers your call. The future of the floral shop’s home, located at 11035 -47 S. Halsted St. in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, had become uncertain in 2018, as it had in times past. But all that changed when Elisha Sanders, acquisition specialist at the Cook County Land Bank Authority, approached Johnson with an offer she never imagined possible: a chance to become owner of the building that she [...]

By | 2020-09-22T10:34:32+00:00 September 21st, 2020|Stories of Impact|Comments Off on Cook County Land Bank Authority Keeps Flower Business Thriving in its Roseland Home

Cook County Land Bank Authority Helps Englewood Mothers Fight Violence

By Leslie, The Chicago Crusader  |  August 5th, 2020   (Click here for Original Article) Until recently, the vacant lot at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue on Chicago’s South Side was full of weeds and trash, and it was marked by a history of violence. Now, with the help of the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA), the same lot is being transformed into a school and community resource center by a group of neighbors who have been fighting to end violence. Since 2015, MASK (Mothers/ Men Against Senseless Killings) has occupied the corner of 75th and Stewart daily, grilling meals, [...]

By | 2020-09-21T14:42:05+00:00 August 6th, 2020|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Cook County Land Bank Authority Helps Englewood Mothers Fight Violence

A West Woodlawn native wants to right redlining wrongs with some greenlining — and he’s starting in the neighborhood where he grew up

By Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune  |  June 13th, 2020   (Click here for Original Article) To fight the generations-spanning, discriminatory housing practice known as redlining with nine homes in a pocket of the South Side might seem, at first, like David going up against Goliath. But Lamell McMorris has big plans for several lots in West Woodlawn, which he sees as one step toward building up the neighborhood where he grew up. McMorris, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate developer and civil rights activist, has formed a new property redevelopment firm meant to right the wrongs of redlining, in partnership with the [...]

By | 2020-07-13T12:03:15+00:00 July 13th, 2020|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on A West Woodlawn native wants to right redlining wrongs with some greenlining — and he’s starting in the neighborhood where he grew up

Humboldt Park Developer Says Pandemic Is Right Time to Build Affordable Housing

Noticiero Bilingue Lawndale News  |  May 21st, 2020   (Click here for Original Article) Now that COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, Luis Castro and his wife Marsha, co-owners of L&MC Investments, are determined now more than ever to pursue their mission of creating affordable housing in communities like Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Berwyn and East Garfield Park. “This is the right time to create affordable housing for people,” said Luis Castro, president of L&MC investments, and a Humboldt Park resident. “With affordable housing, people might still be able to carry their mortgage and have a little bit left over.” L&MC [...]

By | 2020-09-21T17:16:02+00:00 May 22nd, 2020|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Humboldt Park Developer Says Pandemic Is Right Time to Build Affordable Housing

South Side developer thriving despite COVID-19, thanks to pipeline offered by Cook County Land Bank Authority

The Chicago Citizen  |  May 20th, 2020   (Click here for Original Article) South Side developer thriving despite COVID-19, thanks to pipeline offered by Cook County Land Bank Authority The mortgage crisis of 2008 put real estate developer Keith Lindsey, founder and CEO of Solar Energy Construction, out of business for four years. But this time around, Lindsey’s business is thriving, in spite of the COVID-19 crisis. A general contractor for more than 20 years, Lindsey recently sold two single-family homes in Englewood since the pandemic hit Chicago, and he is now rehabbing a six-unit Englewood building that will be discounted [...]

By | 2020-09-21T17:16:57+00:00 May 20th, 2020|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on South Side developer thriving despite COVID-19, thanks to pipeline offered by Cook County Land Bank Authority

Land Bank to give away free South SIde home rehabbed by HGTV’s Downing Brothers

ABC-TV News  |  August 11th, 2019   (Click here for Original Article) CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Cook County Land Bank Authority is giving away a free, newly rehabbed home in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Chicago's South Side this fall. The Land Bank opened its lottery registration Saturday, and it'll run through Sept. 15. The winner would be awarded a single family home with a mortgage that has already been paid in full. The new homeowner would only be responsible for paying property taxes, insurance and utility bills. The popular twin Downing Brothers of the HGTV pilot show "Double Down" helped [...]

By | 2019-09-23T12:48:14+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Land Bank to give away free South SIde home rehabbed by HGTV’s Downing Brothers

Here’s how to win this newly rehabbed home in Washington Heights

By Manny Ramos, Chicago Sun-Times  |  September 7th, 2019   (Click here for Original Article) Elaine Lee was facing an extremely difficult time in 2007. Her husband had recently died. Her arthritis was getting worse. And then she lost her job. Like many homeowners in that year leading up to the Great Recession, she started falling behind on her mortgage. “I was forced to sell or lose everything,” Lee said. With the proceeds, “I was able to live on my own for a little more than a year.” But after that, money eventually dried up; she lived with her daughter or [...]

By | 2019-09-23T12:40:43+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|News Articles, News articles on CCLBA|Comments Off on Here’s how to win this newly rehabbed home in Washington Heights
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