Housing has been core to JCUA’s mission since the very start of our organization. For nearly six decades, we have worked with communities across Chicago and Illinois to pursue housing and economic justice — for 32 of those years through our one-of-a-kind Community Ventures Program (CVP).
Through CVP, we partner with nonprofit developers and community organizations, providing zero-interest loans that get projects off the ground and contribute to safe, thriving, and affordable neighborhoods.
Over the last twelve months, CVP has funded critical community-based projects across Chicago, including projects that prepare nutritious meals to seniors and students while empowering formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, provide quality transitional housing to homeless individuals and families, and build facilities for job training, English classes, and financial education for immigrant adults.
As Chicago faces intensifying gentrification, rising homelessness, economic instability, and racial injustice, CVP will continue to have an active role in preserving and building much needed affordable housing and developing equitable job growth throughout the city.
Learn more about the Community Ventures Program!