Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Who We Are

For over 53 years, we have been a member-based, nonprofit community development corporation working for the development of communities on the northwest side of Chicago, by and for the low and moderate-income people who live in these areas.

We enrich and protect the communities of West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Avondale, and Hermosa through housing development and preservation, economic empowerment, and leadership development and organizing.
 
We are deeply dedicated to preserving the ethnic and cultural character of our neighborhoods while improving the economic conditions of the community. We carry out our mission by:
 
  • Providing quality affordable housing
  • Struggling against gentrification and displacement
  • Promoting economic development by creating and preserving jobs
  • Advocating for additional resources
In all of our endeavors, we are committed to the principles of honesty, openness, democratic process, education, involvement and empowerment of community residents building self-worth, self-respect, and pride.

What We Do

Through mission-driven affordable housing development and preservation, property and asset management, economic development with a focus on jobs, comprehensive community building and grassroots leadership development, Bickerdike improves the quality of life for, and with, low and moderate-income residents and the neighborhoods in which they live.

Since 1967 Bickerdike has

  • Built or rehabbed 2,060 affordable rental and for-sale units
  • Invested over $353 million dollars in construction and rehabilitation
  • Helped over 1,300 seniors to live independently through our SARFS program

Mission

We, the members of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, are committed to the redevelopment of the West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa and Avondale communities for the benefit of and control by the low and moderate-income families in these areas. We are deeply dedicated to preserving the ethnic and cultural character of our neighborhoods, while improving the economic conditions of the community. We carry out our mission by: providing high quality affordable housing, struggling against gentrification and displacement, promoting economic development by creating and preserving jobs, and advocating for additional resources. In all our endeavors, we are committed to the principles of: honesty, openness, democratic process, education, involvement and empowerment of community residents, self-worth, self-respect, and pride. Networking with other organizations and stakeholders who share the vision of the community’s collective struggle to control its own destiny is integral to Bickerdike’s mission.

History

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation (Bickerdike) was founded in 1967 by residents of Chicago's near northwest side and representatives of local community groups who joined forces to fight widespread housing deterioration, abandonment and arson. As factories closed and manufacturing jobs left the area, unemployment soared and some residents fled to the suburbs to pursue jobs. Neighborhoods quickly eroded, threatened by gangs and crime. Alarmed area residents and community organizations came together and formed Bickerdike to reverse the rapid community decline.

Bickerdike was charged in its mission to redevelop West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Hermosa communities for the benefit of and control by the lower and moderate-income residents of those areas and began by developing affordable single family homes. While Bickerdike's mission has remained largely unchanged over the past 50 years, our work has evolved into a multifaceted approach to community development.

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Misión

Nosotros, los miembros de Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, estamos comprometi¬dos al desarrollo de las comunidades de West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa y Avondale por y para el beneficio de los residentes de ingresos bajos y moderados de estas áreas. Estamos profundamente dedicados a la preservación de las características étnicas y culturales de nuestros vecindarios y el mejoramiento de las condiciones económicas de la co¬munidad. Llevamos a cabo nuestra misión a través de proveer viviendas a precios razonables, luchar contra el desplazamiento, promover programas de desarrollo económico a través de la creación y la conservación de empleos en nuestra comunidad y abogar por recursos adicionales. En todos nuestros esfuerzos, estamos comprometidos a los principios de honestidad, el pro¬ceso democrático, la educación, el envolvimiento y la auto-determinación de los residentes de la comunidad, la dignidad y el orgullo. Trabajar con organizaciones y otros que comparten la visión de una lucha colectiva para controlar nuestro destino es un componente integral de la misión de Bickerdike.Nosotros, los miembros de Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, estamos comprometidos al desarrollo de las comunidades de West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa y Avondale por y para el beneficio de los residentes de ingresos bajos y moderadoes de estas áreas. Estamos profundamente dedicados a la preservación de las caracteristicas etnicas y culturales de nuestros vecindarios y el mejoramiento de las condiciones economicas de la comunidad. Llevamos a cabo nuestra misión a traves de proveer viviendas a precios razonables, luchar contra la gentrificación y el desplazamiento, promover programas de desarrollo económico a traves de la creación y la conservación de empleos en nuestra comunidad y abogar por recursos adicionales. En todos nuestros esfuerzos, estamos comprometidos a los principios de honestidad, el proceso demoratico, la educación, el envolvimiento y la auto-determinación de los residentes de la comunidad, la dignidad y el orgullo. Trabajar con organizaciones y otros que comparten la visión de una luch colective para controlar nuestro destino es un componente integral de la misión de Bickerdike.