La Casa Student Housing Program Update
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, October 14, 2019 — Over the last 5 months, La Casa (dormitory and resource center buildings) have served multiple mixed use purposes allowing TRP to better serve the community. We’ve converted a space in the dormitory building into a community pop-up shop for our breast cancer awareness and support initiative, ELLAS (En La Lucha A Sobrevivir). As the program continues to expand and grow, it utilizes space throughout the complex for various trainings and activities for breast and cervical cancers survivors in addition to its pop-up shop operations.
The majority of our office and support staff is now housed in La Casa allowing us to run programs and initiatives more efficiently. Additionally, this gives our clients the ability to access multiple TRP services from one centralized location including financial literacy education, foreclosure prevention, real estate services, affordable housing programs and other community initiatives. This reorganization has also allowed us to provide office space to community partner organizations that we incubate and support such as Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, Partnership for New Americans and Healthy Illinois Coalition. The resource center has experienced an increase in activities including hosting more community meetings, events, computer literacy classes, leadership trainings and home purchase education workshops. The organization continues to provide college persistence programming and recently launched a paid internship program that provides professional development, career readiness and mentorship to students.
Currently, there are no set long-term plans for use of La Casa and no plans to sell the property. In the coming months, we will begin to plan and explore opportunities to repurpose the property to serve and benefit the community. Further updates will be provided as they become available.
The Resurrection Project, La Casa Student Housing, 1818 S. Paulina, Chicago IL 60608
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