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Chicago, as a city, is at a crossroads. Chicago can’t call itself a world-class city if it allows the south and west sides to just drift. It can’t call itself a successful city if its citizens struggle to afford to live there. In this critical moment, we must work to change public perceptions of affordable housing, making it clear to people that it’s not a giveaway, but is instead an investment a modern city must make. Through affordable housing, the city will live up to its promise of being a place for all its citizens.

-Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member, photographer and author

On March 4, 2020, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) hosted its annual awards dinner celebrating 45 years of the agency's transformative impact throughout the city. The event brought together over 400 NHS supporters including Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, City of Chicago Housing Commissioner, Marisa Novara, and featured keynote speaker, Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member, photographer and author.

NHS is grateful for the generosity of our donors and event sponsors, including Transformative Partners, State Farm and U.S. Bank. Together, we raised more than $465,000 in support of NHS’ critical work on Chicago’s South and West sides. These funds will ensure working-class families are able to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their neighborhoods.

We were pleased to honor three trailblazers and their organizations for their work to create safe and sustainable communities. Marsha Cruzan, representing U.S. Bank, received the inaugural Transformative Impact Award. Hipolito (Paul) Roldan of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation received our Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award. Community activist Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, received this year's Community Impact Award.




These individuals have worked diligently to revitalize neighborhoods in their own way - through facilitating capital investment, the development of affordable housing, and challenging norms to make neighborhoods safe for youth. They consistently strive to make Chicago a place where people of all backgrounds can feel comfortable calling our City home.

NHS remains committed to working in neighborhoods, and with you, to broaden and deepen our impact as an agency and to effectively serve our communities for years to come.

If you were not able to attend our annual awards dinner, you can always support the work of NHS by donating online or by sending your donation to Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, 1279 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60622. Once again, thank you for your ongoing commitment to providing access to affordable housing and revitalizing our underserved neighborhoods.


Donna Clarke
NHS Interim President & Chief Operating Officer


Transformative Partners

U.S. Bank

State Farm

Foundation Builders

BMO Harris Bank
Northern Trust

Legacy Builder

Tony Smith and Michael Helen Woods

City Builders

Chapman and Cutler LLP
Community Savings Bank
Fifth Third Bank
JP Morgan Chase
Republic Bank of Chicago
Wintrust Financial Corporation

Neighborhood Builders

Associated Bank
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
COUNTRY Financial
First Midwest Bank
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Huntington Bank
Inland Bank and Trust
Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum
Old Second National Bank
Providence Bank & Trust
PurePoint Financial
TCF Bank

Community Partners

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Southwest Home Equity Assurance Program

Impact Partner

Alliant Insurance Services
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Chicago Community Load Fund
Chicago Housing Authority
Community Investment Corporation
Hoyne Savings Bank
Raila & Associates