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2022: A Year in Review

Groundbreaking of New Permanent Supportive Housing

In August, we celebrated the groundbreaking of 21 units of new housing across 3 sites in the Homan Square neighborhood. These apartments will be both affordable and accessible to people with disabilities and seniors, allowing residents greater personal financial freedom and the ability to age in place. This is the first development project to break ground as a result of the community-driven 2018 Strategic Development Plan!

Awarded City of Chicago DCASE Together We Heal Creative Place Grant

In partnership with local artist and entrepreneur Alexie Young of Art West Chicago, FHS was selected by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Mayor’s Office of Equity & Justice as a grant recipient of the Together We Heal Creative Place Program (TWHCPP). Funds will be used to archive neighborhood stories, conduct community-engaged design processes, and highlight creativity and culture in Homan Square.

Plans for the Revitalization of the Sears Sunken Garden Underway

Thanks to our incredible partners at the Friends of the Sears Sunken Garden, North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council GROWSS Committee, and the Trust for Public Land, the historic Sears Sunken Garden will get a facelift in 2023! Renown landscape architect Piet Oudolf will be working with the community to redesign the garden and recreate the beauty of the garden that once was for future generations.

Opening of a Vertical Art Gallery in the Nichols Tower

Have you visited the Nichols Tower lately? If not, come give us a visit! As you navigate through the building, you’ll be greeted by art created by several talented local artists. We are honored to share space with their creations and thank them for making our building beautiful.

Continued Community Engaged Design of the Homan-Harrison Gateway Mixed-Use Building

Over the past year, our community development partners IFF and Latent Design have worked with the FHS CAC to create the final architectural designs for the Homan-Harrison Gateway mixed-use building. Stay tuned next year for more information about this exciting project!