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THREE NORTHWEST SIDE CHICAGO GROUPS AWARDED $90,000
IN CCHD GRANTS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 )The Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Northwest Neighborhood Federation and the San Lucas Worker’s Center, were recently awarded $90,000 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help residents of Chicago’s northwest side . 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 Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) intends to use its $40,000 grant to improve a range of housing issues in the Logan Square and Lathrop/Hamlin neighborhoods, including foreclosures related to the sub-prime home equity crisis. Lissette Castañeda, the Association’s President notes, "LSNA works to create a community where all can live, work and worship. With the support of Catholic Campaign for Human Development , LSNA fights for affordable housing, thereby ensuring that families can stay in Logan Square now and for generations to come." Local leaders recently secured development funding for a School-to-School Housing initiative that will provide affordable housing to local residents to help sustain local school enrollments.

The Northwest Neighborhood Federation began in 1979 to empower the Latino and Polish residents of Chicago’s northwest side, and today consists of seven block clubs that work with local officials to improve neighborhood safety, reduce crime and eliminate overcrowded schools. “The Northwest Neighborhood Federation is grateful to be a 2008 Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant recipient, as the $35,000 will help us fulfill our important mission of improving on the quality of life issues of safety, education, immigration and health-care for our area's residents,” said Eunice M. Smith, Executive Director, Northwest Neighborhood Foundation.

The San Lucas Workers Center (SLWC) is a bi-lingual and multi-racial worker’s committee that will use its $15,000 grant to continue its first-hand advocacy on behalf of temporary workers adversely affected by a variety of wage and overtime violations. “The Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant money will be used to help SLWC fight discriminatory hiring practices at temporary staffing agencies, so as to unite workers across boundaries of race and national origin, and therefore raise industry standards as a whole,” said Rachel Lovis, SLWC Executive Director. The group’s Day Labor Accountability Project is aimed at eliminating employment discrimination, and has won pay raises, holiday pay, seniority rights and permanent jobs for 100 day laborers.

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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