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Operation H.E.L.P.

Between 2006 and 2012 Northern Illinois community areas with dominant Latino populations experienced twenty-one percent of the city’s total foreclosure filings. Latinos lost sixty-six percent of their wealth between 2005 and 2009, and home equity was accountable for two-third of their net worth.

As a result of the National Foreclosure Settlement the Latino Policy Forum was awarded 1.5 million and  formed Operation HELP (Housing Education Leadership and Policy), a two year collaborative project composed of  14 non-profit organizations located along Northern Illinois. The sole purpose is to mitigate the effects of Illinois foreclosure crisis by providing housing counseling services to renters and future home owners, as well as providing information and access on foreclosure prevention to current homeowners so they can preserve their homes and rebuild community wealth.

Our vision is that tens of thousands of Latino families in northern Illinois experiencing the crisis of foreclosure will have the information and access they need to preserve their homes and rebuild community wealth.

 Click the map below for Operation HELP locations:


List of Agencies in Operation H.E.L.P.

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

BPNC's mission is to create a safer community on Chicago's Southwest side by  improving the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants' rights, promote gender equality, and end all forms of violence. They provide CEDA-LIHEAP services, foreclosure prevention and pre-purchase counseling, immigration services, and youth and adult services.

See more at: www.bpncchicago.org/

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Our mission and values are based on the firm foundation of Catholic Social Teaching, a collection of themes developed in papal and other writings over the course of the Church’s history. These themes include the belief that human life is sacred; that all humans have inherent dignity, rights and responsibilities; that social structures like marriage and the family must be supported; that the needs of the poor and vulnerable must be met; and that we must be responsible stewards of God’s creation. They provide child, youth and adult services, counseling, legal services, social services, health care, immigration and housing services.

See more at: http://www.catholiccharities.net/

Centro de Información

Centro de Información empowers Hispanics with the ability to effectively integrate into our greater community through the facilitation of information, education, citizenship and well-being. They provide individual and family counseling, bilingual advocacy, information and referral, immigration and naturalization services, parenting skills training, community education and youth programs.

See more at: www.centrodeinformacion.org/

Claretian Associates

Claretian Associates aims to use a comprehensive method of community development for the complete revitalization of the South Chicago community. They provide rental housing opportunities, new single family homes for South Chicago, youth development programs, South Chicago new community programs and community empowerment programs. 

See more at: http://www.claretianassociates.org/

Enlace Chicago

Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development. They provide Community Education, Community & Economic Development, Organizing & Advocacy and Violence Prevention.

See more at: http://enlacechicago.org/

Erie House - West Town

Little Village and West Town Erie’s mission is to promote a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action. They provide early childhood education, youth programs, adult programs, affordable housing services.

See more at: http://www.eriehouse.org/

Hispanic American Community Education and Services (HACES Inc.)

HACES’ mission is to strengthen the lives of immigrants through quality programs and services assisting individuals to restore their self-confidence by closing education, language and cultural gaps between clients and the larger community. They provide Housing counseling, immigration services, education access to resources and Affordable Care Act assistance.

See more at: www.haces.org/

Interfaith Leadership Project of Cicero, Berwyn & Stickney

LP’s mission is to call to collaboration communities of faith and organizations to create positive change in Berwyn and Cicero by fostering a united voice through organizing people, promoting civic engagement, and developing leadership for social justice. They advocate for immigration reform, provide foreclosure prevention services and work in the areas of civic engagement and citizenship.

Address:  1510 South 49th Court, Cicero, IL  60804

Phone: (708) 652-7711  Fax: (708) 652-7733

La Casa Norte

The mission of La Casa Norte is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. They follow a housing first model and offer a continuum of housing resources and opportunities to youth and families who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness.

See more at: www.lacasanorte.org/

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s (LSNA) is a community agency that convenes and empowers the organizations and stakeholders of Logan Square, Avondale, and Lathrop Homes to create and maintain diverse, safe, and affordable neighborhoods. They provide housing services, education programs, health and immigration services, industrial retention and jobs, prevention, safety and youth programs. See more at: www.lsna.net/

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center Foundation Inc.

The Mission of Mano a Mano is to empower immigrant and underserved families of Lake County, Illinois to become full participants in American life by providing quality programs and services that educate and establish links to essential community resources. They provide housing case management services, immigration, health and education programs.

See more at: www.manoamanofamilyresourcecenter.org/

Open Communities

Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. They provide fair and affordable housing counseling services, community education, advocacy, and organizing for welcoming communities.

See more at: http://open-communities.org/

Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste – P.A.S.O. (West Suburban Action Project)

P.A.S.O is a community-based social justice organization working in the West Cook Suburbs to engage and empower community members to act through their faith and values to address issues that affect them, their families, and neighbors. Our vision is strengthened communities where residents can live dignified lives regardless of their race, socioeconomic or immigration status. P.A.S.O. works to build power and seek racial and economic justice through community organizing, leadership development and civic engagement.

See more at: http://www.pasoaction.org

Spanish Community Center

The Spanish Community Center is a community based organization dedicated to providing educational and social services located in Joliet, Illinois. They provide housing counseling, daycare, food pantry, and citizen and immigration services.

See more at: www.spanishcenter.org/