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Joy and struggle
Chatham food-service worker cooperative ChiFresh Kitchen starts a housing co-op.
Was ‘We Will Chicago’ the People’s plan?
The public comment period closed November 1, but some Chicagoans are still asking whether south and west side residents actually helped shape the plan.
Chicago Housing Cooperatives, Explained
How are housing cooperatives different from communes, and who are they for?
Guaranteed income offers stability to formerly incarcerated people
Many struggle to find employment because of the stigma of a criminal record. To help, one organization is offering cash.
Resources available for formerly incarcerated people
Where to find support
A century of guaranteed income
The push to solve poverty through government-backed cash grants is nearly 100 years old.
Chicago’s guaranteed income pilot program explained
The program will distribute $500 per month to each of 5,000 low-income families.
Can a new housing development revitalize Bronzeville without displacing residents?
One housing complex can’t reverse decades of historical trends—but city officials hope 43 Green can be a model for equitable development.
Designing more welcoming streets? Bring in the teens
A partnership between an architecture firm and a west-side nonprofit brings teen designers’ visions to the forefront of community development.
A revolutionary act
BIPOC growers on what it’s like to urban farm on the south and west sides
A DIY music space transforms into a home for asylum seekers
At Casa Al-Fatiha in Logan Square, two local musicians built a sanctuary for LGBTQ asylum seekers.
Confused about the COVID-19 eviction bans? We’ve got you covered
A guide to your rights as a Chicago renter during a pandemic
For undocumented immigrants, the work doesn’t stop at the election
From voter outreach to working for their communities, undocumented immigrants across the Chicago area don’t let their immigration status get in the way of participating politically.
Immigrant advocates regroup, prepare for austerity after Fair Tax defeat
These organizations supported the amendment for a graduated income tax, but now must find ways to support their communities after election loss.