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We are a community-building organization of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community. 

Theron Hawk plays the saxophone at the Preserving Affordability Together East Garfield Park Celebration on March 10

Metropolitan Planning Council

 

GPCC works to renew commercial corridors, spur housing investment, improve public safety and wellness, and build connections between neighbors. Through advocacy and resident organizing, community members lead neighborhood planning and renewal efforts.

Our program goals focus on four inter-related priorities: resident leadership and organizing, housing, business development along commercial corridors, and community wellness. 

COVID-19 Response and Resources

Many of us are looking for guidance and support as we seek to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help those who have been impacted by COVID-19. As the State of Illinois has issued a Stay At Home Order, we encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible. GPCC staff are workng from home at this time; please contact us via email if possible. We value social cohesion, and we are striving to support our community as we limit our physical proximity and shift our in-person events to a new format. We are facilitating Garfield Park Mutual Aid, a hyper-local support network for neighbors to safely share resources. Our elected officials, nonprofit partners, and neighbors and friends are also working hard to support our community.  We have highlighted all of these supportive programs on our COVID-19 Resources page.

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Residents participate in a community meeting in October of 2019 as part of the Preserving Affordability Together community meeting series.

Metropolitan Planning Council

 

Preserving Affordability Together

The release of Preserving Affordability Together: A Blueprint for Community Action is the culmination of a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park from May 2019 through March 2020. GPCC contributed to a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park, led by Metropolitan Planning Council with input from the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, and informed by many community residents and stakeholders. To learn more about the process and gain acess to additional resources visit metroplanning.org/garfieldpark. We have also published the booklet on the housing resources page of our website.

Read the Blueprint for Community Action »

More Housing Resources

GPCC promotes healthy and affordable housing in Garfield Park, works to prevent foreclosures and demolitions, and supports homebuyers in the area. Visit our Housing Page to learn more about our housing programs and complete a housing inquiry form to connect with our housing staff team.

Photo by Qa'bah Raahsan

The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery

Out of an abundance of caution and in compliance with City, State, and Federal recommendations, we have cancelled the April 11 Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery. Learn more about the market on the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market resources page of our website.

Join our Team this Summer!

Although this summer will likely look a bit different than previous years, we are committed to supporting summer employment opportunities for youth in Garfield Park. We are currently hiring for several seasonal positions:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates: Earn a stipend to serve in our gardens and at the Neighborhood Market, or to support our outreach efforts. These positions are open to high school graduates of all ages!
  • Youth Garden Corps: We plan to share more information about our annual summer internship program for Garfield Park high school students and young adults soon! Contact Angela Taylor at angela@gpcommunitycouncil.org.

 

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