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THREE NORTHWEST SIDE CHICAGO GROUPS AWARDED $90,000 IN CCHD GRANTS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

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THREE NORTHWEST SIDE CHICAGO GROUPS AWARDED $90,000
IN CCHD GRANTS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Chicago, IL (October 9, 2008) –The Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Northwest
Neighborhood Federation and the San Lucas Worker’s Center, were recently awarded $90,000 by
the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help residents of Chicago’s northwest
side. The CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago funds anti-poverty and social justice groups that
serve seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled through their community-based
projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention.

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) intends to use its $40,000 grant to
improve a range of housing issues in the Logan Square and Lathrop/Hamlin neighborhoods,
including foreclosures related to the sub-prime home equity crisis. Lissette Castañeda, the
Association’s President notes, "LSNA works to create a community where all can live, work and
worship. With the support of Catholic Campaign for Human Development, LSNA fights for
affordable housing, thereby ensuring that families can stay in Logan Square now and for
generations to come." Local leaders recently secured development funding for a School-to-School
Housing initiative that will provide affordable housing to local residents to help sustain local school
enrollments.

The Northwest Neighborhood Federation began in 1979 to empower the Latino and Polish
residents of Chicago’s northwest side, and today consists of seven block clubs that work with local
officials to improve neighborhood safety, reduce crime and eliminate overcrowded schools. “The
Northwest Neighborhood Federation is grateful to be a 2008 Catholic Campaign for Human
Development grant recipient, as the $35,000 will help us fulfill our important mission of improving
on the quality of life issues of safety, education, immigration and health-care for our area's
residents,” said Eunice M. Smith, Executive Director, Northwest Neighborhood Foundation.

The San Lucas Workers Center (SLWC) is a bi-lingual and multi-racial worker’s committee that
will use its $15,000 grant to continue its first-hand advocacy on behalf of temporary workers
adversely affected by a variety of wage and overtime violations. “The Catholic Campaign for
Human Development grant money will be used to help SLWC fight discriminatory hiring practices
at temporary staffing agencies, so as to unite workers across boundaries of race and national
origin, and therefore raise industry standards as a whole,” said Rachel Lovis, SLWC Executive
Director. The group’s Day Labor Accountability Project is aimed at eliminating employment
discrimination, and has won pay raises, holiday pay, seniority rights and permanent jobs for 100
day laborers.

With the support of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, this year’s CCHD
collection will take place during the Masses celebrated at parishes in Cook and Lake counties the
weekend of November 22 and 23. In 2007, over 95 percent of parishes in the Archdiocese
participated in the collection that totaled over $900,000.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice
program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its purpose is to address the root causes of
poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations
and transformative education. For more than 30 years, the CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago
has funded community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment
and violence prevention to improve the lives of seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the
disabled in northeastern Illinois.

For more information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, including a complete
listing of the organizations that received CCHD grants for 2008, please visit www.archchicago.org,
or contact Elena Segura at 312-751-5333 or esegura@archicago.org.

Established in 1843, the Archdiocese of Chicago serves over 2.3 million Catholics throughout Cook and Lake counties through its 363 parishes, and its numerous apostolates, missions, shrines, oratories and chaplaincies.
www.archchicago.org

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