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Planned and Delivered: Long March to Zapata Apts.

“The most impressive thing,” said Susana Vasquez, LISC Chicago’s executive director, “is that they (Bickerdike and LSNA) strategically set out to strengthen both the Armitage corridor and their stock of affordable housing. They stuck to their plan, no matter what, and they made it happen.”

Remarkable Woman: Susana Vasquez

Nonprofit executive gives the underserved a voice in neighborhood revitalization

LSNA Celebrates a Half-Century of Achievement

"Beginning with almost no political clout and even fewer tools – save their combined voices and ability to organize – the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) went on to become one of Chicago’s, and America’s, most accomplished community development organizations."

LISC Launches Neighborhood Revitalization Loan Fund to Drive Affordable Rental Housing Development with Funding from Morgan Stanley Capital Magnet Fund

"The first loan for the new pool closed recently in Chicago, providing $3.6 million to bridge local Tax Increment Financing for Zapata Apartments, a new 61-unit development in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. Lack of full financing stalled the project for two years, though it was championed by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, one of the city's leading nonprofit developers."

"Que Viva"

Lissette Castaneda, a housing leader at LSNA, recalled Zapata’s origins in the NCP planning process and singled out staff and volunteers who went the extra mile to get it done.

“We have worked hard,” Castaneda said, and must continue to work hard “for the next 61 families” who need affordable housing. In that struggle, she said “we can look back to this shining light, so we will never have to doubt our power—the power of justice—ever again.”

Zapata Zapped? Agencies Fight Back from LISC RE:NEW Magazine

It’s a joint effort that reflects the best thinking of NCP’s two high-achieving Northwest Side community groups.

It’s comprehensive—seeking to provide green and affordable housing, create jobs, enliven a tired arterial street and stabilize enrollment at nearby schools. It even had, once upon a time, the enthusiastic support of City Hall.

LSNA's 2009 NCP Community Heroes

LSNA's 2009 NCP Community Heroes were honored at a banquet in October, 2009.