Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Reaches Out to Auburn Gresham Neighborhood

June 22, 2012

Signs offering helpNeighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) and Lowe’s completed two beautification projects this month in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The project became a reality thanks to Lowe’s awarding NHS a $100,000 grant.

The first project, on the 7800 Block of South Aberdeen, was completed on June 2. Community leaders and volunteers from Lowe’s handed out home safety kits containing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, flashlights and batteries, installed weather stripping and caulked windows and assisted with “curb appeal” and facade improvements to 30 to 40 existing homes.

The second project took place on June 16 on the blocks of 400 W. 79th Place, 400 W. Vincennes, 400 W. 80th and 7900 S. Normal. Lowe’s conducted a landscaping workshop to show homeowners the proper way to plant flowers. Home owners on the block planted the donated plants and flowers at their homes to add some curb appeal to their property. In addition, other volunteers built a community garden to spruce up the block.

In total, 47 Chicago area homes were impacted by the projects. The partnership between NHS and Lowe’s resulted in a neighborhood in dire need of some sprucing up being able to improve its curb appeal and show homeowners easy ways to keep their homes on the up and up.

The Auburn Gresham neighborhood is located nine miles south of the Loop. According to the NHS website, Auburn Gresham residents live in Chicago Classic housing, a mixture of Historic Chicago Bungalows, other types of single family homes, including old-style Victorians; 2 – 4 unit owner occupied buildings; and large multi-family buildings that anchor the residential corners. More than 50% of the properties in Auburn Gresham are owner-occupied, helping to sustain this family-oriented community.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago focuses on helping people live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their neighborhoods. Since 1975, NHS has:

  • Served more than 182,000 families.
  • Loaned $495 Million to borrowers to buy, fix or keep more than 29,000 dwelling units.
  • Educated more than 28,000 potential new home buyers.
  • Built or rehabbed and then sold more than 600 affordable homes.

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago and Lowe’s in helping to improve area communities.

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