Foster Community Development
• Ensure a diversity of voices is included in community development plans and projects.
• Anticipate community growth to build resources.
• Enhance the engagement and participation of Spanish speakers and renters to shape the neighborhood
• Develop opportunities for people to connect and form attachment to the neighborhood.
• Increase the visibility of public art.
2014 Report to the Neighborhood
- Creative Community Development Change is coming to our neighborhood and PPNA’s goal is to anticipate trends, gather the right set of resources and partners and shape this change to match the vision of our community. The Powderhorn Park neighborhood has the shared values of inclusive, equitable decision making, an apprehension of gentrification and displacement and support for local businesses and local asset building.
- Arts on Chicago The Bush Foundation awarded a $200,000 Community Innovation Grant through PPNA for the Creative Community Development work of Arts on Chicago (AoC). PPNA is a founding leader of this groundbreaking project to build capacity of organizations, artists and businesses in the areas of housing, land use and commercial development; implement six art installations designed by neighborhood artists to engage underserved populations in civic activities; develop a Creative Community Development Plan aligned with the small area plan; and advocate for development priorities established by our community. PPNA staff will use this valuable experience to take part in development projects in all sections of the neighborhood including Lake Street, Bloomington and Cedar Avenues.
- Rental Housing Justice & Door Knocking The majority of Powderhorn Park neighborhood residents are renters and PPNA believes this is a top priority for outreach efforts. PPNA’s goal is to increase renters’ rights and knowledge, improve housing conditions and affect policy change. PPNA selected a seven block focus area based on the high concentration of rental units and low income residents. Staff and volunteers have door-knocked 345 units in eleven buildings, which has resulted in 109 engaged households and a renters’ rights Community Café with HOME Line. PPNA instigated 26 unit improvements such as one full building city inspection, fumigation services and water damage repairs. Additionally, PPNA assists residents to stabilize their housing by insisting on year-long leases, instead of the tenuous month-to-month leases common for many low income or immigrant tenants.
- Powderhorn Art Fair The 23rd Annual Powderhorn Art Fair was a huge success with fantastic art, over 275 artists, acoustic music, onsite art making and unbelievable weather. PPNA estimates artists in the main exhibitor section, Community Showcase and Group Exhibitors sold about $400,000 during the art fair weekend. Also, PPNA raised $16,000 for arts, cultural and recreation activities at Powderhorn Park.
- Housing & Foreclosure Prevention Resource Referrals
- Graffiti Prevention, Clean-up of over 100 Tags and Two Learning Workshops at Local Schools
- 100 Gallons of Free Valspar Paint for Graffiti Cover Up and Business Murals
- Four Utility Box Wraps
- Repainted the Paint the Pavement Mural at 34th Street & 11th Avenue
2015 & Beyond
- Renters Housing Justice – Neighborhood PPNA was awarded a Community Based-Research student project for spring 2015. The project will assess tenant knowledge of renters’ rights; how renters resolve housing issues and the response of landlords; and what are the impediments to seeking help as individuals and collectively.
- Renters Housing Justice – City Wide PPNA is working with other neighborhood associations, City Council Members and the Regulatory Services Department on a comprehensive rental housing policy package to move in early 2015. PPNA shares our first-hand knowledge of tenant issues to advocate for specific changes in inspections, communication and ordinances.
PPNA monitors and anticipates trends in order to attract resources and attention to our community.
- Community Asset Building PPNA is exploring viable community asset-building models for the Powderhorn Park neighborhood with Arts and Chicago and other interested organizations, businesses, elected officials and community members. PPNA will inform and prepare the neighborhood to leverage community asset-building opportunities prior to a development boom that may or may not take into account the community’s vision and values.
- Guarding Against Displacement PPNA will continue to respect the community’s deep seated concerns around gentrification, displacement and development. PPNA will use creative practice methods with Arts on Chicago to provide fruitful and substantive community conversations to increase awareness and understanding.
- Artists PPNA values neighborhood artists and arts businesses. PPNA will continue to explore models for artists to live, work and make a living in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood. PPNA will attract resources and people to develop knowledge on housing, work/live spaces, retail, art centers and economic opportunities for artists.
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