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Site Description

Address

Troy Street and Albany Street and Chicago Ave.

Chicago, Illinois

History of Organization

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation has been involved in providing quality, affordable housing by and for low to moderate income families for 40 years in the Logan Square, West Town, Hermosa, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. Bikerdike grew out of a merger between a community organization of various neighborhood clergy members and a builder with a vision of affordable housing, xxx Bickerdike. Currently the organization has developed approximately 1,000 housing units, 80% of which they directly own and manage.

One of these developments is the Harold Washington Unity Co-op (the Co-op), which is located in the Humboldt Park community. The Co-op consists of 7 different types of buildings. Every unit in the complex is hard-wired with T1 lines. It houses an underutilized community center for which one of its originally envisioned purposes as a community computer technology center.

In conjunction with Bickerdike and community leaders of the Paseo Buricua Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, graduate students in a computer networking course at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)will be installing a computer technology center at the community center of the Co-op. Graduate students from the UIUC will devote the period of time from March 10, 2007 until the end of April 2007 to work on this project.

Summary of Organization’s Vision, Mission, and Goals

The PRCC has been instrumental in creating community programs that address the social, cultural, political needs of the residents of Paseo Boricua community since 1973.  Their motto “Live and Help to Live” is demonstrated in their commitment to Chicago’s Puerto Rican/Latino community.  Initiatives of the PRCC include Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, the Vida/SIDA AIDES Education & Prevention Program, the Café Treato Batey Urbano, and the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care center.