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LAKEVIEW ACTION COALITION AWARDED $15,000 CCHD GRANT
TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES FOR LAKEVIEW AND NORTH CENTER RESIDENTS

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 ) T he Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) was recently awarded $15,000 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help residents of Chicago’s Lakeview and North Center neighborhoods . The CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago funds anti-poverty and social justice groups that serve seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled through their community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention.

The Lakeview Action Coalition acts to sustain racial and economic diversity in Lakeview and North Center, and intends to use its $15,000 grant topreserve affordable, single residency neighborhood buildings before they are sold and developed. The group also looks to move families and seniors back into their community by creating new, moderately priced and affordable units. "The Lakeview Action Coalition is grateful to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for their support as we act together for justice," notes Jennifer Gonzalez, Lakeview Action Coalition's Executive Director. "This funding will support LAC's work to preserve affordable housing for families and individuals struggling to remain in their community. As these residents organize for community improvement, they also stabilize their lives."

With the support of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, this year’s CCHD collection will take place during the Masses celebrated at parishes in Cook and Lake counties the weekend of November 22 and 23. In 2007, over 95 percent of parishes in the Archdiocese participated in the collection that totaled over $900,000.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its purpose is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. For more than 30 years, the CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago has funded community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention to improve the lives of seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled in northeastern Illinois.

For more information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, including a complete listing of the organizations that received CCHD grants for 2008, please visit www.archchicago.org or contact Elena Segura at 312--5333 or esegura@archicago.org.

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