Our Programs

Home Visitors Program/ FamilyWorks

The Home Visitors Program was developed by Near West to strengthen and promote personal and economic self-sufficiency for families transitioning and/or living in the West Haven community. All services are confidential.

Services: Case Management, Budget Assistance, Economic Empowerment, First-time home owners information, Home Management and Housing Advocacy, Individual and Family Counseling, Links to job services, Tenant-landlord Rights Education, Youth Programming, Utility Assistance, Education and Medical Referrals

Contact Information:
123 North Hoyne Ave. (enter on Maypole Ave.)
Phone: (312) 633-9217
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9a to 5p


Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS)

2014-04-SARFS-09The SARFS, Small Accessible Repairs For Seniors program provides limited home improvements and enabling devices to eligible senior citizens in Chicago at no cost to the applicant. Applicants may be homeowners or tenant.

Services are provided by Near West Side CDC, as a Delegate Agency of the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, and can include, but is not limited to the following repairs: construction of a wheelchair accessible ramp, (no other roof or exterior work), repair of interior steps, (not porches), installation or repair of handrails (interior or exterior), installation in the bathroom of grab bars, accessible raised toilet and additional minor repairs. Items which would make a dwelling unit more habitable by the Senior residing there.

Applicants must be at least 60 years of age. May not exceed the HUD, Housing and Urban Development guidelines for Income Limits, based on household size. Applicants must provide background information for all occupants of the household. Qualified recipients can be a homeowner or renter, (who obtains the landlord’s permission). The building must be 1 to 4 units to be eligible for repairs through the SARFS program. On-site inspections will be done to determine services needed.

When a renter makes an application, the landlord shall certify that he or she is the owner where the applicant resides, and give permission for repairs to be done under the SARFS Program, and will not increase the rent as a result of SARFS improvements.

For specific details on program or eligibility, please contact the Department of Planning and Development or 311.


Doors to Opportunity in North Lawndale

2014-04 DtoO 01Doors to Opportunity is ready to address the needs of single parents and their families. The program provides supportive housing for people who may otherwise be homeless.

Located in the North Lawndale community, Doors has newly renovated buildings consisting of two, three and four bedroom apartments (25 units in total). Residents can walk to major retail stores, public transit systems, hospitals, and a movie theater.

The Doors to Opportunity program is designed through a partnership between Near West Side Community Development Corporation and Urban Property Advisors, LLC.Contact Jeannette Hamilton @ (773) 696-9910 for more information. Privacy Packet.


Youth Zone Chicago

Our mission is to provide youth development activities to boys and girls ages 10 to 18 with an emphasis on teamwork, leadership, and healthy life choices.  YZC offers various after school and summer programming to youth in sports, dance, theater, science, music, and much more.  Each program incorporates mentoring so as to build self-esteem, confidence, and healthy body image among urban youth.

Youth Zone Chicago serves over 600 youth throughout Chicago. Our office is located at 2106 W. Adams. For more information and up to date news, please refer to the tabs to the right of our logo. For more information contact Oji Eggleston, oji@nearwestsidecdc.org (312) 738-2280.


The New Communities Program (LISC/Chicago)

LISC is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.  In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, NCP works to overcome urban challenges such as abandonment, gentrification, racial change, redevelopment of public housing, and isolation from the mainstream economy.