Community Ventures Program
The Community Ventures Program (CVP) is a zero-interest loan fund for housing and economic development projects. CVP loans pay early predevelopment costs, leverage other financing, and get projects off the ground, helping to create and preserve affordable housing and living-wage jobs across Chicago. Since 1991, CVP has:
Provided more than $5.4 million in no-interest loans which have leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars of public and private funding for construction and permanent financing.
- Created and preserved 4,100 units of affordable housing, including homeless shelters, SROs, rental units, co-ops, senior housing and single family homes.
- Financed initiatives that have or will create more than 1,000 living wage-paying jobs in Chicago.
- Invested in diverse communities throughout Chicagoland including Albany Park, Austin, Bronzeville, Rogers Park, Uptown, Old Town, Near West, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, East Garfield Park, West Humboldt Park, Austin, Pilsen, Little Village, Bronzeville, Woodlawn, Englewood, Pullman, and Robbins. See all CVP projects from 1991-2019.
Casa Del Sol: CVP provided a $100,000 loan to The Resurrection Project to rehabilitate Casa Del Sol, a 53-unit Single Room Occupancy (SRO) facility in the Pilsen community. Casa Del Sol is the only remaining SRO in Pilsen. As Chicago loses many SRO buildings to gentrification — and as Pilsen is being hit especially hard — Casa Del Sol fills a critical need for affordable housing in the neighborhood.
Humboldt Park Residence (HPR): CVP provided a $100,000 loan to Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) for the rehabilitation of Humboldt Park Residence (HPR), an existing 68-unit single-room occupancy (SRO) development on Chicago’s West Side. As the City of Chicago is experiencing the loss of many SRO buildings, HPR helps fill a critical need for affordable housing in the neighborhood.
Latinos Progresando (LP): CVP provided a $100,000 loan to LP, a 20-year old community organization, to expand its services to the community through high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services, technical assistance to small businesses in the area, and mental health and wellness services. LP currently serves approximately 400 immigration clients each month, many of whom are undocumented and ineligible for funding from traditional sources.
Lincoln Park Interim Supportive Housing: CVP provided a $100,000 loan to Lincoln Park Community Services (LPCS) to develop 48 units of Interim Supportive Housing (ISH) in Chicago’s Old Town community. The project is part of a 68-unit development that will include an additional 20 units of permanent supportive housing and on-site supportive services on the same campus. LPCS is one of the most successful programs in the City, noted for returning homeless persons to stability and employment.
Ogden Apartments: CVP provided a $100,000 loan to Interfaith Housing Development Corporation (IHDC) to cover predevelopment costs for Ogden Park Apartments in West Englewood. IHDC, in partnership with Trilogy Inc., a nonprofit behavioral health care organization serving persons with special needs, will serve two populations in need of permanent supportive housing. Nineteen of the units will be targeted to homeless individuals with a chronic disability. The remaining 6 units will be targeted to people from the State Referral Network (SRN). The SRN connects persons with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness to affordable supportive housing options around the state.
Roosevelt Road Veterans Project: CVP provided a $100,000 loan to A Safe Haven to cover a portion of the predevelopment costs for this 90-unit facility for veterans experiencing homelessness and veterans with disabilities. All units will have project-based subsidy attached which will make all of them affordable to very-low income tenants and will limit rents to 30% of an individual’s monthly income. The project will follow the permanent supportive housing model and provide on-site supportive services.
To learn about recent and current projects, read the 2018 CVP Annual Report.