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LATINO UNION OF CHICAGO AWARDED $20,000 CCHD GRANT
TO ADDRESS IMMIGRANT ISSUES ON CHICAGO’S WEST SIDE

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 ) The Latino Union of Chicago (LUC) was recently awarded $20,000 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help residents of the Chicago neighborhoods of Albany Park, Pilsen and Avondale. 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.

Since its inception eight years ago, LUC has collaborated to improve social and economic conditions of low-income, immigrant workers from Cicero and the Albany Park, Pilsen and Avondale neighborhoods. With their $20,000 Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant, LUC will work to counter the effects of the recent economic downturn, which has resulted in the loss of 250,000 construction jobs for Latinos nationwide. “CCHD provides crucial support to street corner day laborers as they build Chicago into a better and more inclusive city for all," said Eric Rodriguez, LUC Executive Director.

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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