By Brian Gladstein
Program Director, JCUA
Last evening (Sunday, Oct. 20) JCUA was awarded the B’Yachad Award for Collaboration by our community partner—A Just Harvest. JCUA has worked with the organizing arm of A Just Harvest, Northside P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Work, Educate and Restore), to create and pursue a campaign to preserve affordable rental housing in Rogers Park.
As part of our Community Initiatives program, JCUA has provided extensive staff assistance to help in the grassroots organizing of tenants and landlords to support the proposed Rental Improvement Fund (RIF).
The RIF, a proposal developed by Northside P.O.W.E.R and Lakeside CDC, involves the use of tax increment financing to provide grants to private landlords. Landlords will use these grants to make repairs on their properties, and in return make a commitment to maintain affordable rents for a period of at least 10 years.
JCUA is proud to have Northside P.O.W.E.R. as a community partner. For more than a year, JCUA organizers have rolled their collective sleeves with organizers and leaders of Northside P.O.W.E.R to make a difference in the lives of low-income and working class families in dire need for affordable housing in Rogers Park.
Northside P.O.W.E.R. is an institution-based people’s power organization whose members are located on the North Side of the City of Chicago and in North Shore communities. Northside P.O.W.E.R. works on issues that address the causes of hunger and poverty. Currently the organization is working in the areas of housing and food justice.
Watch a video highlighting the work of JCUA and other organizations with A Just Harvest: