The Foundation for Homan Square strives to sustain an environment that helps students and families live their best lives through quality educational, recreational, healthcare and family support services, while instilling the desire to dream big and the skills to maximize success.

A New Strategic Direction

The Foundation for Homan Square serves as an umbrella organization over a tapestry of community resources in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. With K-12 educational facilities, an active and robust community center, and a literal tower of nonprofit amenities — as well as hundreds of units of nearby affordable housing — our community is thriving and ready for the next stage of development.

In close collaboration with community members — and with leadership from our Community Advisory Council and Homan Square Leadership Council — we have developed several key goals:

  • Explore opportunities for development within an expanded Homan Square footprint;
  • Develop quality housing across the spectrum of affordability;
  • Develop mixed-use and commercial projects that provide space for community programming and local businesses; and
  • Inspire potential investment in specific projects within the larger Plan.

Download our Strategic Development Plan to learn more:

Latest News

  • The Carol Shaw Woodard Fund

    Created in memory of Carol Shaw Woodard (1958 – 2021), the oldest daughter of Charles H. Shaw, the founder and guiding force of the development of Homan Square. Like her father, Carol lived with both humility and purpose, applying all her intellect, diligence, and empathy toward a fairer and more peaceful world for all. Your… Read more »

  • Public Art Project Launches in Homan Square

    This spring, keep your eyes open for vibrant artwork displayed on vacant lots around our community. The Foundation for Homan Square is partnering with ArtWest Gallery founder and artist, Alexie Young, to showcase her 2020 School of the Art Institute of Chicago residency project, “Lawndale Love Letters”. This public art project is the first installation of the FHS Vacant Lot Campaign.  The FHS Vacant… Read more »

  • New Permanent Supportive Housing Project

    The Foundation for Homan Square (FHS) is excited to announce the launch of the upcoming Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development in Homan Square. The project will include the development of 21 new units of affordable and accessible units across three vacant sites in the community, with a focus on providing safe housing seniors and residents with disabilities. The PSH development also links with the start of the FHS Vacant Lot Campaign public art project.    FHS… Read more »