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GROWTH by NCRC and Greenlining Realty USA Celebrate Completion of Nine Housing Units in West Woodlawn

Woodlawn Pointe Project in South Chicago’s Historical Neighborhood Designed to Help Reverse Long-Term Impacts of Discriminatory Redlining Practices

The NCRC Housing Rehab Fund, LLC (GROWTH) and Greenlining Realty USA announced today the completion of nine new housing units as part of the Woodlawn Pointe project. Greenlining Realty USA partnered with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s GROWTH initiative, the Chicago Land Bank and Constructive Renovations to develop the homes in the historic Chicago neighborhood of West Woodlawn this year.

Located on Evans Street, the Woodlawn Pointe project includes construction of seven new single-family homes by Constructive Renovations on land provided by the Cook County Land Bank Authority, as well as two fully renovated homes (one single-family and one multi-family home). Built in a historic Black community on the Southside of Chicago, Woodlawn Pointe home designs highlight the neighborhood’s historic architecture and the project’s three models are named after famous residents.

“We are a mission-driven real estate fund helping make homeownership possible for working-class people across the country,” said Ed Gorman, Managing Director, the NCRC Housing Rehab Fund. “We are honored to partner with Greenlining Realty USA on the Woodlawn Pointe project in the historic West Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside. Working together, this community continues to reverse decades of underdevelopment with community revitalization projects, bringing investment in business, affordable housing and community development throughout the area.”

“Greenlining is proud to have worked with NCRC on Woodlawn Pointe in order to make our vision of community reinvestment a reality,” said Lamell McMorris, Founder and Managing Principal of Greenlining Realty USA. “Woodlawn Pointe offers high quality homeownership in my childhood neighborhood of West Woodlawn, a community long neglected by discriminatory practices such as redlining. Greenlining is committed to working in partnership with historically Black communities so that they benefit from reinvestment in their neighborhoods.”

The completion of Woodlawn Pointe’s nine housing units marks a major milestone in the community revitalization project. Partnering with GROWTH, Greenlining Realty USA is working to reverse the historically damaging effects of discrimination in lending practices affecting urban neighborhoods in Chicago through the creation of pathways to capital essential for neighborhood investment, redevelopment, housing rehabilitation and home improvement. The discriminatory practice of ‘redlining’ historically limited mortgage and financial services to communities of color, putting home and business ownership beyond the reach of local residents and denying investment opportunities in these historic neighborhoods.

“Infill development is a real economic boost, because you’re building off the strength of a neighborhood,” said Rob Rose, Executive Director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority. “The Woodlawn neighborhood is ripe for this kind of project as it provides opportunities for wealth-building, community engagement and neighborhood revitalization. We are excited to be a part of this development.”

The project also featured a partnership with the community-based nonprofit YWCA, who facilitated the placement of local residents in construction training positions on site with Constructive Renovations.  Providing local residents with employment opportunities is a mission shared by all of the partners.

Several financial institutions who invested in the NCRC Housing Rehab Fund are also recognized for their role in this partnership, including Synchrony, Huntington Bank and Fifth Third Bank.

The project completed in December 2020 with eight of the homes currently available for sale. Please contact Jerry Brown at (630) 909-9976 for more information about the houses listed for sale. The properties can also be viewed at https://www.woodlawnpointechicago.com/about.

About GROWTH

We believe that no matter where you start in life, or the neighborhood you live in, every family deserves the opportunity to own a home, to start building wealth and to enjoy the American Dream. Our mission is to make homeownership possible for more people.  

GROWTH is an initiative of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and is fueled by the NCRC Housing Rehab Fund (the “Fund”), a private equity real estate fund focused on rehabbing (and building new construction) single-family houses to provide affordable homeownership opportunities in low- and moderate-income communities or for low- and moderate-income people. The Fund has been operating for five years and is operating in over 15 cities. 

For more information about NCRC Housing Rehab Fund, please contact Ed Gorman, egorman@ncrc.org, (202) 464-2728 or visit www.growthbyncrc.com.  

About Greenlining Realty USA

Greenlining Realty USA is a national real estate development and management firm. We work in partnership with local municipalities throughout the country to create mixed-use developments with large scale economic impact.  Our mission is to work in the community and for the community creating comprehensive developments that revitalize historically under served and distressed communities. At Greenlining Realty USA, by strategically leveraging local resources and other investment opportunities, we measure success by the delivery of tangible quality of life enhancements we bring to the communities and businesses we serve. You can access the Greenlining Realty, USA website at https://greenliningrealtyusa.com/, and follow the company on Twitter and Facebook

About NCRC

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition and its grassroots member organizations create opportunities for people to build wealth. We work with community leaders, policymakers and financial institutions to champion fairness in banking, housing and business. NCRC was formed in 1990 by national, regional and local organizations to increase the flow of private capital into traditionally underserved communities. NCRC has grown into an association of more than 600 community-based organizations in 42 states that promote access to basic banking services, affordable housing, entrepreneurship, job creation and vibrant communities for America’s working families. More: www.ncrc.org

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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